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Pollen that fell down trough mesh

 
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agapetos
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2014 1:27 pm    Post subject: Pollen that fell down trough mesh Reply with quote

Hi,
When I made my KTBHs I made a mistake of not installing hinges on the bottom panel, but just fastened it with screws, so that when I inspect it I can just unscrew it and look at it. But.. it proved to be more complicated and disturbing for the bees. So, so far I have not cleaned the space between wire mesh and bottom plate and a lot of stuff has accumulated there: wood shavings, dirt... and A LOT OF POLLEN. I am looking forward to cleaning it but I feel kind of sorry for all that pollen.
Would it be wise to give that back to the bees? I am afraid if there are some parasites that fell trough that they might actually contract something while foraging it. If it is ok - how should I do it? Filter it?

Thank you in advance.
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Adam Rose
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2014 2:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My poor woodworking skills have a definite advantage here. I have an unplanned gap between mesh and floor in one of my hives. The bees just go in and clean it as they want, taking what they want and leaving whatever they don't. I am considering plugging the gap with something or other this winter, although they have done perfectly ok the last two winters with this small gap.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2014 7:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Adam Rose wrote:
.... I am considering plugging the gap with something or other this winter......

Pieces of sponge work well.
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