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Offline Thebulimicbee

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Treat the cut out like a swarm
« on: September 23, 2016, 11:56:05 PM »
Wondering if any one that does cut out do this. Almost every time I do cut outs and try to rubber band the comb into frames it seems the hive always either absconds or are over run with wax moth or other pests, even if I just use a piece or two of comb. Now that I started throwing away all comb and treating them like a swarm I have had much better luck and the hives seem healthier.

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Re: Treat the cut out like a swarm
« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2016, 09:19:41 AM »
I do not see this happen. My observation hive was a small cut out and had lots of rubber bands in it. They are growing nicely. All of the rubber bands are gone except one that is hanging. Over a frame and is glued in.
I had to cut comb out of the bottom of most of my swarm traps this spring and most of them produced 2 supers of honey during the summer flow and a few even produced a super of honey during the spring flow.
Jim
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Re: Treat the cut out like a swarm
« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2016, 10:37:21 AM »
It sounds like you are saving more than brood comb if you are having trouble afterward. Save empty comb or honey/pollen comb and it will be a disaster. Save brood comb only and it works quite well.
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Offline DavidD

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Re: Treat the cut out like a swarm
« Reply #3 on: September 24, 2016, 12:34:07 PM »
had this happen once .  my fault I put some honey in bad idea :oops:

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Re: Treat the cut out like a swarm
« Reply #4 on: September 24, 2016, 12:55:47 PM »
Abby warre in his book "Beekeeping for all"  when filling new hives in spring was a big proponant of discarding all brood and just starting with the bees.  He gave a couple of reasons but for the life of me, I can't remember them with out reading his book again.
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