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  Topic: Clearing bees from comb
stm146

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Feb 23, 2015 11:45 am   Subject: Clearing bees from comb
I'm most grateful for all of the helpful advice I've received on this forum. I've learnt that shaking TBH honey comb is risky and probably best avoided and that brushing is a safer option (though TBH ...
  Topic: Clearing bees from comb
stm146

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Feb 21, 2015 10:44 am   Subject: Clearing bees from comb
Shaking works for top bars, just make sure you keep the bars vertical .
Hi Adam
The advice I've had so far on this forum is that old top bar comb may be strong enough to survive a sharp shake, like ...
  Topic: Clearing bees from comb
stm146

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Feb 20, 2015 11:26 am   Subject: Clearing bees from comb
A good, sharp shake ....

Hi Rob - thanks for responding. I don't use frames so shaking isn't really an option. From the advice I've had on this forum I'll need to clear the combs by brushing.
Che ...
  Topic: Clearing bees from comb
stm146

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Feb 19, 2015 3:48 pm   Subject: Clearing bees from comb
Thanks Prakel. Interesting idea. It would be quite easy to add a bee escape to a follower board. That would be useful if you wanted to harvest several combs at once from the end of the hive most dista ...
  Topic: Clearing bees from comb
stm146

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Feb 10, 2015 11:31 am   Subject: Clearing bees from comb
Thanks for the clarification Prakel. I'm using horizontal top bar hives so clearer boards aren't an option. Last season (my first) I didn't harvest any comb as I wanted to maximise the chances of my n ...
  Topic: Clearing bees from comb
stm146

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Feb 09, 2015 12:26 pm   Subject: Clearing bees from comb
We rarely brush bees at all but the best kit I've ever used for the job is the dried stems of mustard/osr which, of course, are only available at certain times of the year. They flick the bees off the ...
  Topic: Clearing bees from comb
stm146

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Jan 30, 2015 3:52 pm   Subject: Clearing bees from comb
Thanks for all your advice.

Looking at some pictures I took of the combs last summer I can see that there are fewer bees on them around noon than later in the day.

I guess 1 year old comb is too ...
  Topic: Clearing bees from comb
stm146

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Jan 30, 2015 8:29 am   Subject: Clearing bees from comb
I made a couple of HTBHs last year and I collected & instaled 2 swarms in June. The colonies established themselves well and each produced around 8 combs of brood and 10 of honey. Whenever I inspe ...
 
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