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  1. #1
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    Default Hive 1-week after Install Russian Queen


    Smokin 10 year old.


    Queen cage extra space filled with burr comb, not good.




    Russian Queen.

    These bees are as gental as any as I have ever been around so far. I check the hive top feeder without protection without any problems, "so far".

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    Nice pics. Looks like they are really drawing out some comb.
    Tom

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    Avoid pulling the frames too much apart when inserting the queen cage. Take the medal screen off and tie a small sting to hold the cage up so you can quickly pull it out when you want to remove it. this will prevent soo much burr comb.

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    All the Burr comb was filed with eggs.

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    By al lmeans, keep the burr comb but by the looks of the picture, there was a lot of space inbetween the queen cage so a trick is to take off the medal peice, add the string or nail (bend it of cource). This allows less burr comb.

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    You might want to think about using less smoke for such a new package. I always take my smoker, but rarely use it on the new packages.

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    Cool

    I have they same problem with burr comb should I take it all out.

    I dont have a smoker did not need it so far and no vail no bites the lord is on my side so far
    Paul
    Wishing you all the best of tomorrows and good honey

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    Default Salvaging wild combs

    An easy fix is to insert a frame without any foundation.

    1. Pull out 2 or 3 frames from either side.
    2. Separate the queen cage gap.
    3. Pull out the queen cage.
    4. In the gap,
    A. Spread frames wide enough to insert a frame between combs.
    B. Insert a frame without any foundation.
    C. Slide the frame over the wild combs and pinch the gap closed.

    Eventually the bees will secure the wild combs to your frames and it can removed.

    -Jeff
    There is always more than one way to skin a cat, that's of course if you're into eating cats.

  9. #9
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    Oh well, its all said and done at this point but we'll make notes for the next time. As for the smoke I dont think any of it ever made it to the bees. I didnt let him hit the inside with it. But godda let the kids play with their new toys right?

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