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  1. #1
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    Dec 2008
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    Detroit, Michigan, USA
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    Default HELP! Building comb the wrong way!

    I installed my bees a little over a week ago, I opened them up today to discover that they are building the comb the wrong way...and in a diangle. They are building the comb the long ways rather then the short way.

    In my top bars I cut grooves in hopes that they would follow them. But they didn't!


    What can I do to fix the comb? How can I remove the comb with out causing to much damage?

    What are some ways I can encourage the bees to make the comb the correct way?

    Please help!

  2. #2
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    May 2008
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    Elbert, Colorado, USA
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    Instead of just cutting grooves, cut a groove and add about 1/2" of thin wood glued into the groove. They'll start building the comb from the wood.

    I don't have a picture of it, but I cut a groove then a thin strip of wood then glue that into the groove. They build comb off of it.

    Here is a blurry photo that shows the comb already started on the strip of wood (I don't think I have a picture blurry or otherwise of one without comb at the moment. I'll look and if I have one I'll post it...


  3. #3
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    May 2008
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    Ah, I found one.



    This is a bar without any comb built onto the strip of wood that I place into the groove.

    Sorry about the blurriness, the camera had something on the lens...

  4. #4
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    Grosse Ile, Michigan, USA
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    I live near you, I will try to help. Just sent you a message.

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