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Pollen Plugged
« on: Yesterday at 01:00:31 am »
What do you guys do when there has been a short dearth, the queen slows down, and then the bees plug up the frames with pollen?
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Re: Pollen Plugged
« Reply #1 on: Yesterday at 05:05:23 am »
Move them and replace with honey or empty frames. They will move honey, but not pollen.
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Re: Pollen Plugged
« Reply #2 on: Yesterday at 11:33:54 am »
Good morning Mr. Wizard  :) Then, what do you do about the pollen plugged frames? just scrape it down?
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« Reply #3 on: Yesterday at 12:20:55 pm »
NO. I leave it in the hive, just away from the brood nest. They will need it at some time, or move it to a hive that needs it now.
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Re: Pollen Plugged
« Reply #4 on: Yesterday at 01:41:51 pm »
iddee, couldn't you do the same to frames that the bees have back filled with honey?

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Re: Pollen Plugged
« Reply #5 on: Yesterday at 03:21:08 pm »
You can in swarm season, but there is no need to at other times. The bees will move honey around when they won't move pollen.

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Re: Pollen Plugged
« Reply #6 on: Today at 12:51:15 am »
I have found that to be true about pollen. And it's a pain in the butt when new beekeepers don't have any stored drawn wax frames. So their frames get pollen plugged, and they have to be replaced with new plastic foundation of which the bees take forever getting the wax started.

I know of another beekeeper that saves some of the pollen plugged frames for when pollen is needed, then scraps down the other plugged frames to where there is still just a little bit of wax on the foundation. This way the bees don't have to start building again on the plastic. I think it's a pretty good idea.
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Re: Pollen Plugged
« Reply #7 on: Today at 09:57:42 am »
For old pollen the bees will. Or longer touch (previous years) soak the frames in warm water for a couple of hours. The pollen will come out, leaving drawn wax behind.
Bees always prefer fresh pollen, so sometimes those frames would otherwise effectively empty space in the hive.
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