View Full Version : OK to drizzle cappings/honey mix on top bars for reuse?
04-04-2011, 10:40 PM
Seems like the bees could salvage some honey and freshly made wax.
Except for overaplication getting into brood, and dripping out front to stimulate robbing, can't think of drawback.
Not sure if they will reuse very fresh wax.
04-04-2011, 10:55 PM
On the rare occasion that I've done a bit of crush and strain for home, we give the wax/honey leftovers back to our home bees to clean out. Don't just put it on the top bars though - I sit a plastic tray (washed meat tray or such) on the top bars, and put an empty shallow super on top to give them some headroom.
A day or two later they've cleared out all the honey to be had, and the wax is crumbled and clean for me to take back.
Yes, i do find a bit of wax gets taken too - whether it's re-used or ends up dropped on the floor I don't know.
04-05-2011, 12:31 AM
I've seen far too many sticky dead bees to drizzle anything on them...
04-05-2011, 05:18 AM
I agree with Michael. I, also, will bag it, freeze it and save it for some late winter feeding. Will do the same as Michael said. Pull it out of the bag and place it on a tray directly on the frames. Sometimes, I've even just left it in the bag like a baggy feeder and cut large slices for them to get to the honey.
04-05-2011, 09:03 AM
I just throw mine on a cookie sheet and set out in the yard, they clean them all up pretty as you please.:)