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reusing last years comb from failed hive

 
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Noahsoak
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2015 5:47 am    Post subject: reusing last years comb from failed hive Reply with quote

Common sense tells me if I lost my brand new #3 pkg last year - I wouldn't want to reuse the comb; however, I think they were overtaken by varroa and/or the queen died and/or they swarmed. The bees were Italians, hived April 19th and were very strong until late August. I had added bars to the broods nest over that time and bars as they expanded - at the end of the hives life - there were 22 bars of drawn comb, 16 of which brood had been laid - hive was 44.5" long.

The honey bars looked like they had been vacuumed - they were very clean. The brood nest has some spotty flatten capped cells with dead bees inside. Some of them had just their heads sticking out.

I put the comb in the freezer for 3 days - and have it stored. there is capped syrup at the top of the bars and some pollen also on the comb.

It appeared that the majority of the bees had just left - when I discovered the problem - there were very few in the hive, I saw some varroa and some deformed wings.

Should I reuse the comb? or cut it off very close to the bar? some of the capped brood cells have dead bees inside that are black and soupy at this point (January)

I know buying pkg's is not the best option - but it is my only option other than hoping new bees take over the hive.

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Adam Rose
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2015 9:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah - I replied to the previous thread before I saw this one.
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Noahsoak
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2015 5:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I dont think disease is why the bees left - I think it swarmed. I am trying to find out if I should use the comb that has "some" dead bees still capped or if I should cut that off the top bar and then use it for a start with some resources on it.

If someone could please answer my question, I would be most appreciative. In another inquiry, not here, I was told to ditch the tbh, get a traditional hive, and take a class.

funny how knowledge gets locked in a vault. Rolling Eyes

Thanks for your reply - found it. I think the bees left because when I checked my hive there was a drastic noticeable absence of bees.

I did see varroa and some deformed wings - but when I pulled the comb I stuck it in the freezer for a few days.

I am in Eugene - 2 hrs south of Portland. thanks for your help.
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