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Thread: Comb Color?

  1. #1
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    Greetings . . .

    The comb in the brood nest (bottom & Middle deep) area of my hive is much darker than new foundation. I know "old" brood comb is sometimes described as being "dark". This foundation was first used when I install this package in April. Now, its orange/brown.

    Comments please!

    thanx,
    Dave W

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    The comb will continue to darken with each cycle of brood. It's the normal course of events. The bees much prefer the brown combs to the white ones.

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    Its normal. Don't need to start replacing combs or anything.

    Clay

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    The normal color of old brood comb is BLACK. It will continue to darken until it is.



    [This message has been edited by Michael Bush (edited June 13, 2003).]

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    While I have heard many say "toss it", I have much black comb that is many years old and continues to produce beautiful, productive, disease free colonies.

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    I like black comb for these reasons:

    1. The bees seem to like it and the queen seems to like to lay in it.

    2. I can see the eggs much better. This is important for many things from making sure I have a frame of eggs for a split, to making sure there ARE eggs to asses the status of the hive. I cannot see eggs in white comb with veil on.

    This is why you can buy Peirco and RiteCell in black. It's for the brood chamber so you can see the eggs.

    It's also offered in white so you can see the color of honey they are brining in.

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