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  Topic: Comb collapse and absconding bees
Humpy Creek

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Mon Jan 20, 2014 12:19 am   Subject: Comb collapse and absconding bees
Thanks, Beeblebrox.

The natural comb that was new (probably hadn't had any brood through it) was the hardest hit, and it broke off maybe 5cm down in most cases.

We found that adding about a full ...
  Topic: Comb collapse and absconding bees
Humpy Creek

Replies: 23
Views: 50384

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sun Jan 19, 2014 10:38 pm   Subject: Comb collapse and absconding bees
Thanks, Beeblebrox. Not too late since I'm sure we'll have heat issues again at some stage here!

The reinforcement idea is an interesting one, will look into that. I also think the Warre hives ...
  Topic: Comb collapse and absconding bees
Humpy Creek

Replies: 23
Views: 50384

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sun Jan 19, 2014 10:36 pm   Subject: Comb collapse and absconding bees
Thanks, Beeblebrox. Not too late since I'm sure we'll have heat issues again at some stage here!

The reinforcement idea is an interesting one, will look into that. I also think the Warre hives ...
  Topic: Comb collapse and absconding bees
Humpy Creek

Replies: 23
Views: 50384

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Thu Jan 16, 2014 11:20 pm   Subject: Comb collapse and absconding bees
Yeah think we must have killed the queen when we moved the hive from my mum's place in town out to the farm a couple of weeks ago - wanted to have them out here permanently so we didn't have to worry ...
  Topic: Comb collapse and absconding bees
Humpy Creek

Replies: 23
Views: 50384

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Thu Jan 16, 2014 10:07 pm   Subject: Comb collapse and absconding bees
Well, we ended up opening the hive to see if it was able to be salvaged in the hope they might go back in but it was a disaster area. Brood comb had collapsed too (guess that was the point at which t ...
  Topic: Comb collapse and absconding bees
Humpy Creek

Replies: 23
Views: 50384

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Wed Jan 15, 2014 7:49 pm   Subject: Comb collapse and absconding bees
Thanks, J Smith. Yep, worried! Love these bees, would hate to lose them. Unfortunately the only spare hive we have is a Warre so transferring the comb would be difficult. The entrance looks like i ...
  Topic: Comb collapse and absconding bees
Humpy Creek

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Views: 50384

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Wed Jan 15, 2014 7:22 pm   Subject: Comb collapse and absconding bees
6.20am and they have started flying around in circles again, no foraging (hive next door has started foraging), just the beginning of another cloud of bees. I am now 99 per cent sure they are abandon ...
  Topic: Comb collapse and absconding bees
Humpy Creek

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Wed Jan 15, 2014 7:14 pm   Subject: Comb collapse and absconding bees
Thanks, J Smith. Yeah it's a ripper of a heat wave, think we have two more days to go and then we get a break.

The hive has a full depth brood chamber and one empty ideal super (with frames/starte ...
  Topic: Comb collapse and absconding bees
Humpy Creek

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Wed Jan 15, 2014 5:59 pm   Subject: Comb collapse and absconding bees
Oh and it is natural comb, in a Langstroth.
  Topic: Comb collapse and absconding bees
Humpy Creek

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Wed Jan 15, 2014 5:56 pm   Subject: Comb collapse and absconding bees
Thanks, Garret. Yes, hard to know exactly what to do in these extreme conditions, it's been over 40 degrees for the last 4 days so everything seems to be at breaking point (including us, the lack of ...
  Topic: Comb collapse and absconding bees
Humpy Creek

Replies: 23
Views: 50384

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Wed Jan 15, 2014 4:23 pm   Subject: Comb collapse and absconding bees
Yesterday we had 2 combs of honey collapse in the brood nest of a hive. We got to it quickly and cleaned out most of the comb but a couple of hours later another one must have collapsed and the bees ...
  Topic: Moving bees off old comb in Langstroth brood box?
Humpy Creek

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PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Mon Nov 18, 2013 2:03 am   Subject: Moving bees off old comb in Langstroth brood box?
Thanks, rmcpb! Seems like there is no huge rush especially since the comb is only a year old so we'll leave them be for the moment.
  Topic: Moving bees off old comb in Langstroth brood box?
Humpy Creek

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PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Sat Nov 16, 2013 2:04 am   Subject: Moving bees off old comb in Langstroth brood box?
Thanks, Barbara! Always good to have several perspectives.

The hive is within flying distance of some cherry orchards that no doubt get sprayed with all sorts of interesting stuff, but there is so ...
  Topic: Moving bees off old comb in Langstroth brood box?
Humpy Creek

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PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Wed Nov 13, 2013 10:24 pm   Subject: Moving bees off old comb in Langstroth brood box?
Thanks, Sovek!

Yes, I figured the build up of nasties was a good reason to move old comb out. Plus this old comb was drawn from full sheets of wired foundation. Luckily no varroa here yet (well n ...
  Topic: Moving bees off old comb in Langstroth brood box?
Humpy Creek

Replies: 8
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PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Wed Nov 13, 2013 3:23 am   Subject: Moving bees off old comb in Langstroth brood box?
We have a hive with a single Langstroth brood box (no supers on it at the moment) and the comb in it is about a year old. The comb is getting pretty thick and black.

So first question: should we ...
 
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