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Fat Honey comb?

 
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2017 12:33 pm    Post subject: Fat Honey comb? Reply with quote

My little friends have made 2 fat comb- extends out past the frame on one side of two frames.
For myself, I am quite excited about this and see it as a good thing.
My supplier, whom I have been keeping updated, isnt so happy about it.

On Wednesday, weather permitting, I have a more experienced friend coming over to supervise me while I open up the hive for the first time.

The reason for doing this, is that the frames were put in a little too far apart and the bees have begun to build honey comb between two frames, right in front of the window.

It has been interesting to be able to see what they are doing and to see the comb being filled,but..... it cant stay there or its doing to cause a mess when I Have to check things out for my yearly disease check for example.

The first frame is one that has a really fat side and the other is the third frame.

The reason I see this fat comb as a good thing is
1.With fat honey comb, there is less likelihood of the queen wanting to lay in it,
2. If they have plenty of honey after spring, I could shave this fat bit off and return a full frame to be recapped or refattened for next time.
3. As I understand things so far, it takes less for them to make a fat comb than to build another one.
one is at least half the thickness again of the width of a frame.
4.More food without having to move too much,greater insulation values?

Does anyone else have honey comb like this?
I am interested in knowing how this affects the way the bees get though the winter.

What would be the best way to get both sides fattened up on these two frames?
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