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  1. #1
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    Mar 2003
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    Fairhaven, MA
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    Question

    Two of my frames' foundation had been chewed by mice that got into my cellar. Two more have holes in the wax after I left them propped up against a tree and my chickens pecked them. I am a new Beekeeper and don't know the best way to fix them. Do I cut the wire, replace the wax and rewire, or is it possible to replace the foundation without removing the wire? Thank you!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2001
    Location
    Mason, MI, USA
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    Lightbulb

    I just put the frame back into the hive and let the bees fix it.
    Clint

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    Clinton Bemrose
    just South of Lansing Michigan

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2000
    Location
    Fremont, New Hampshire, USA
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    Big Grin

    I think if you just put it back in you'll find that the bees will make new comb.
    Which is a good thing, the bad thing is that it will probable be drone cells.
    Cut a piece of foundation to fit, and stick it in there.

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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Location
    concord mi usa
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    when i come across damaged foundation i cut out hole to make it square then cut out peice of new foundation and lay in very carefully then heat hivetool just hot enough with cig lighter to press drawn comb on outer edges of square

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Location
    brown county,indiana,usa
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    make sure the wires are tucked into the slat and staight as the bees will draw comb on it.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Location
    Fairhaven, MA
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    Thank you! I was going to cut the wire and redo the whole frame. I will patch it instead. This has been really helpful. Diana in Southeastern, MA

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