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  1. #1
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    I want to start regressing my bees to small cell, but I have one question: What do you do with the frames you remove? I know melt them down, but as you move frames outward in a hive body, you find them getting filled with pollen and honey. Now I don't mind extracting the honey, but that is an awful lot of pollen to be throwing out! Perhaps you can use the frames of pollen to give to splits? Or is that just getting in the way of the regression? Also, can you store frames of pollen at all?

    Thanks

    justgojumpit

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    I never heard of any system for extracting pollen from combs. It´d be nice to be able to whirl them around and harvest that delicious honey-soaked pollen!!

    As far as those combs interfering wioth the regression process, I would not worry toomuch as long as the combs can be kept to the outside of the nest structure, or be put above for honey storage.

    Splits will very much benefit from pollen, especially if there is a natural shortage.
    Pollen is often preserved for long periods of time in a freezer . . . freezing entire combs is a different story!

  3. #3
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    The main thing is to end up with small cell in the center of the nest. I tend to put the pollen on the outsides and the frames of all drone comb on the outsides and the smallest worker brood in the center.

    Reuse them as you wish. You can extract them and then scrap the wax. You can crush and strain. You can feed them back by uncapping and putting them over the inner cover. Whatever works for you and your system of equipment.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

  4. #4
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    Hi Guys,

    I've had the same problem sorting small cell frames. In my situation there's only a week to ten days between the net consumption and net storage of honey. That doesn't give much time to sort out empty combs as most combs will contain brood,some food reserves, etc. And then the clover flows will start.

    I still have about 8 supers of small cell comb I would like to sort out, but it's full of honey. And I haven't found the right point in time to feed it back without it becoming impacted with more honey or brood.

    Regards
    Dennis
    I once wrangled bees. But now, knowing better, I just let them bee.
    http://talkingstick.me/category/bees/

  5. #5
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    Dennis,
    I thought you only had TBHs now ?!?
    Scot Mc Pherson<br />McPherson Family Honey Farms<br />Davenport, IA<br />BeeWiki: <a href=\"http://beewiki.linuxfromscratch.org\" target=\"_blank\">http://beewiki.linuxfromscratch.org</a> <br /><br />Pics:<br /> <a href=\"http://linuxfromscratch.org/~scot/pics/bees/\" target=\"_blank\">http://linuxfromscratch.org/~scot/pics/bees/</a>

  6. #6
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    Things I've done:
    Separate the combs from the hive by setting an excluder and empty deep above the inner cover, then topping with the boxes of comb.

    Invert the boxes of comb so the honey runs out and cells are inverted so the bees can't store in them.
    WayaCoyote

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