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Offline Lastfling

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What would you do?
« on: January 05, 2020, 01:31:13 pm »
A little history.  This frame came from a hive that absconded in October.  No brood, no bees just uncapped and capped nectar in upper brood box.  This frame came from the lower box and mice and or a squirrel got to it - this only the half left.  It was set up with wired foundation and the foundation braced with fishing line horizontally.  As you can see the line has been cut/bitten.  I’ve had bees do this, but suspect this was done by whatever took the comb. 

Should I just cut line/ wire and reuse as is;  trash existing foundation and replace; or just start anew period?  Inquiring minds haha.  Possibly use in swarm trap is another option.




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Re: What would you do?
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2020, 01:47:17 pm »
As dark as it is, I think I would clean it and install new foundation.
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Re: What would you do?
« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2020, 03:04:51 pm »
I am thinking of mouse urine. Blehhh!  It's dark and I would cut it out and start over with the frame and new wiring.  We should all be culling comb that is 3-5 years old due to residual pesticides.

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Re: What would you do?
« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2020, 03:29:39 pm »
I can do that!! Replacing was my first thought, but wanted to run it by those that know way more than me first.

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Re: What would you do?
« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2020, 04:30:52 pm »
I would cut the comb out leaving a row or 2 of cells on top to give the bees A guide to build new comb.  Make sure hive is level and should work fine
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Re: What would you do?
« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2020, 12:30:44 pm »
That is a cool idea RRat! and that frame can be put in the honey super so the bees will make good clean comb for 'cut comb honey'



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