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vickersdc



Joined: 07 May 2006
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Location: Surrey / Hampshire Border.
PostPosted: Sun May 25, 14 8:57 pm    Post subject: Brood in the super... Reply with quote
    

Hi,

Myself and BahamaMama are new bee keepers, and loving it... but there is so much to learn!

Anyway, we have had our bees for one week (actually 8 days), and without going through the entire story, we ended up with a brood and a half.

But, we've also ended up with a super frame from the people that gave us the bees, which has capped brood + drones, and larvae in. This must have had eggs laid in it by the queen before we put it in the super (we have a queen excluder, so the queen hasn't been able to get to it for a week). Obviously something of a mix up when we put the hive together!

Should we leave this frame in the super? Should we take it out, shake the bees off it and then destroy the comb? Or something else?

Here is the frame in question...



David.

Dogwalker



Joined: 20 Mar 2007
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Location: Mid Wales
PostPosted: Sun May 25, 14 9:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Either leave it in the super and the bees will go up to look after the brood or if there's room in the shallow 1/2 brood box swap it into there but make sure it's next to the other frames with brood not separated by stores or empty comb.

I'd probably just leave it and when the brood hatches the bees will use it for honey stores.

Have fun, beekeeping's great and confusing and yes there's always loads to learn and the bees haven't read the same books you have.

vickersdc



Joined: 07 May 2006
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Location: Surrey / Hampshire Border.
PostPosted: Sun May 25, 14 9:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Thanks for that... I was a bit concerned that the drones would not be able to escape from the super.

I presume the 'wrinkly, sunken' honey stores shown in the photo above are ok too?

jamanda
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PostPosted: Sun May 25, 14 9:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

vickersdc wrote:
Thanks for that... I was a bit concerned that the drones would not be able to escape from the super.

I presume the 'wrinkly, sunken' honey stores shown in the photo above are ok too?


Absolutely fine.

Tavascarow



Joined: 06 Aug 2006
Posts: 8407
Location: South Cornwall
PostPosted: Tue May 27, 14 4:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

You are right that the drones will not be able to escape.
If you lift the crown board every few days that will let them out.
Some people don't like the bees putting in honey where there was brood claiming its unhygienic, but the bees will polish the insides of the cells before refilling.

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