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  1. #1
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    Apr 2008
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    Ulster County, New York, USA
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    Default Little problem and question

    My newly hived bees have started building comb on the underside of the inner cover.

    Should I remove it?

  2. #2
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    Apr 2003
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    Greenville, TX, USA
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    How is that they have room to build comb? Did you leave an empty box on the hive (no frames) or leave out a frame?

  3. #3
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    Apr 2008
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    Ulster County, New York, USA
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    Default Little problem

    I had put a 1" shim on top of the hive body to place some pollen patties.....

  4. #4
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    Aug 2006
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    Arundel, Maine USA
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    Mine did the same thing. Tear it down, and give them an empty frame with some bee/foundation wax rubbed on the underside of the top bar. They seem inclined to build comb, let them build their own natural comb. Make sure you are feeding them if there is not a source of nectar. They'll need it to build the comb.
    Let's BEE friends

  5. #5
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    Jun 2005
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    Sawyer, Michigan, USA
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    If you violate the bee space and there is a good nectar flow they will build burr comb to fill the space. My inner covers have about a 3/8 space which will accommodate a pollen patty. And will eliminate for the most part burr comb. I would rather let them use the resources building comb on my foundation.
    The Busy Bee teaches two lessons: One is not to be idle and the other is not to get stung.

  6. #6
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    Jul 2007
    Location
    Geneva,Florida, Seminole USA
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    Could also mean they need a super.

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