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  1. #1
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    I'm intrested in capping frames artificially, without too much trauma involved. Acceptance to the bees would also be a requirement. Perhaps rice paper dipped in a thick syrup and pressed up against at a point of temperature that would make the wax plyable?

    anywho,

    ideas'd be nice,

    jalal

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    Ok, I'll bite. Why would you want to do this?

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    I guess you could spray melted wax on the comb. That would require equipment, but I think you are looking for something inexpensive.

    I will bite also. What is your thinking on capping the comb for the bees?


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    Jalal

    DonÂ’t put the cart before the horse. The bees will only cap honey cells once the contents has a moisture content of approximately 18%. Cappings wax is very complex and servers a specific purpose.

    Maybe you need to tell us why you want to cap frames artificially.


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    >Acceptance to the bees would also be a requirement.

    It seems obvious that you intend to insert the frames into the hive. There is no reason to cap the frames for the bees, it's unnecessary.

    Prairiegirl called me this morning and told me that she filled two frames of PC with 2-1 sugar syrup. Installed them in a hive last Sunday, by Thursday the bees had capped them! I'd never have thunk it, that would happen.

    Bees do funny things, sometimes beekeepers do funnier things.

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    Well, of course, isn't that obvious?

    I'd like to experiment with how it might or might not help wintering bees. Or possibly it's application with giving a slight jump start to early nucs. I just think it is something to look into, and I'd like to.

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    I agree with Bill. I think it's irrelevant to the bees if it's capped or not. If they feel the need they will cap it. If they want to use immediately they won't.

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