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Transferring national frames to top bar

 
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christine_knox
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 18, 2015 1:41 pm    Post subject: Transferring national frames to top bar Reply with quote

Hi, we are new to this forum and beekeeping. We have a hybrid nuc with 2 national frames and the rest are top bars.

Soon we will be able to transfer all the frames into the top bar hive. We understand about cutting and cropping and moving - that's not a problem.

My question is - having adapted and transferred the national frames to the top bar, if/when can or should we remove them. We don't want to leave them there permanently, if possible. Do we do this before the end of the season or wait until next year?

Many thanks for your help with this.

CEK
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 18, 2015 5:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi and welcome

Ideally you need to gradually move them to the back of the hive until they are clear of the brood nest and become used for honey storage and then harvest them out. This will involve gradually inserting empty top bars between them and the rest of the brood nest until they are beyond the range of the brood nest. Placing them further away from the entrance than the top bar combs in the nuc when you transfer them into the hive will make it easier, as you need to gradually move them towards the back of the hive for honey storage.
Don't be tempted to move them to the back of the hive too soon though, because if a brood comb gets isolated from the brood nest, the nurse bees on it will try to raise an emergency queen and then things can get complicated, so just move them along and insert one bar at a time
It is likely to take a year or so to work them out of use in this way.

I hope that makes sense, but if not, say so and I'll try to explain better.

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Barbara
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 19, 2015 8:57 am    Post subject: Transferring national frames to top bar Reply with quote

Hi Barbara,

Yes, that makes perfect sense. Thank you for your help.

Christine
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