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Bees not a bit fussy about topbar wax treatment.

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PostPosted: Sun May 29, 2016 5:38 am    Post subject: Bees not a bit fussy about topbar wax treatment. Reply with quote

We have recently put a Ktbh in our training apiary and shook in a small swarm.
We used 8 bars, 4 with wax wiped onto the triangular underside and 4 with two pieces of foundation melted and pinned on and put them in alternately.
In only a week the girls have built a nice little brood nest and food store using all eight bars, biased towards the west-facing side of the hive.
They have shown no preference for the type of bar treatment.
We have decided as it is for teaching purposes we will put a very thin smear of Vaseline between the bars closest to the entrance so we can (hopefully) use them to show the nest structure to our members, seniors and juniors and let them compare it to what the bees do in the national framed hives and Nucs.
Really surprised at how quickly they have built a viable nest.
Will try and get a Warre in next year . . . . . . . Smile
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