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    Default Is this pollen or Brood?

    Hey all:

    Can anyone tell me if the following images are brood or pollen? or both?
    One of these is on a plastic foundation which I would rather not use in the future. I also think that that is pollen on the plastic; although I will not be certain until some nice individual can confirm this for me . If turns out that is pollen, Is there a way I can get this to my nucs when I get them and install them into my hives? Could I leave next to the hive and they would clean it out? If I put it in the hive would the clean it out and/or move it?

    Click on the images if you need to view them larger.


    Zone 7A - Southern, MA. Elevation 138 ft.
    4 hives: 1 Carniolan/Italian Hybrid, 2 Swarms from that hive and 1 Russian.

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    Default Re: Is this pollen or Brood?

    Looks like pollen to me

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    Default Re: Is this pollen or Brood?

    +1 looks like pollen.

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    Default Re: Is this pollen or Brood?

    both look like pollen...john
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    Default Re: Is this pollen or Brood?

    both are pollen

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    Default Re: Is this pollen or Brood?

    Thanks guys for confirming this for me, much appreciated.

    Is there a way I can get the bees to remove it from the plastic foundation? If I put it in an upper box on my hive will they move it down further into the hive and then I can remove the plastic frames once they're all cleaned out.
    Zone 7A - Southern, MA. Elevation 138 ft.
    4 hives: 1 Carniolan/Italian Hybrid, 2 Swarms from that hive and 1 Russian.

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    Default Re: Is this pollen or Brood?

    Generally bees will not move pollen around. Honey, yes. Pollen, No.

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    Default Re: Is this pollen or Brood?

    Ah, OK, thanks. So I guess it either use it trash it then..
    Zone 7A - Southern, MA. Elevation 138 ft.
    4 hives: 1 Carniolan/Italian Hybrid, 2 Swarms from that hive and 1 Russian.

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    Default Re: Is this pollen or Brood?

    Why do you want it removed from the plastic foundation? I love the Plasticell foundation, most especially in my honey supers. Works great in an extractor. I have several brood boxes with it in them. More expensive, but much more stable than crimp wired.

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    Default Re: Is this pollen or Brood?

    Quote Originally Posted by ArkansasBK View Post
    Why do you want it removed from the plastic foundation?
    Most of the hive is wax foundation. I'm just more or less looking to keep it consistent
    Zone 7A - Southern, MA. Elevation 138 ft.
    4 hives: 1 Carniolan/Italian Hybrid, 2 Swarms from that hive and 1 Russian.

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    Default Re: Is this pollen or Brood?

    OH, Ok! I thought maybe you had found a problem with the plastic.

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    Wink Re: Is this pollen or Brood?

    drawn wax is a beekeeper and the bees best friend

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    Default Re: Is this pollen or Brood?

    Since they went to all that trouble to bring it in and store it why not just leave it and let them use it? Put it in the brood box next to some open brood, it will eventually disappear or be added to. One plastic frame shouldn't be a nuisance unless you're one of those perfectionist guys.

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    Default Re: Is this pollen or Brood?

    save it in the freezer- wait until you make a split or capture a swarm, plop it in. Or put it in a hive that needs to build up. Put it right next to a brood frame.

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    Default Re: Is this pollen or Brood?

    Quote Originally Posted by ArkansasBK View Post
    OH, Ok! I thought maybe you had found a problem with the plastic.
    Not yet. but I am one of those people that wont store food in plastic or use microwaves.. lol.. So, I guess I do have that in the back of my mind when considering whether or not I would like to continue using it in the hive. Correction: I will store food in plastic for shirt periods of time, but I wont heat food in it.

    Quote Originally Posted by wadehump View Post
    drawn wax is a beekeeper and the bees best friend
    Good point!

    Quote Originally Posted by fish_stix View Post
    Since they went to all that trouble to bring it in...
    Also a good point!

    Quote Originally Posted by Jpoindexter View Post
    save it in the freezer- wait until you make a split or capture a swarm, plop it in. Or put it in a hive that needs to build up. Put it right next to a brood frame.
    Good suggestion!

    Do I need to freeze them? I'm expecting a nuc in April and another in May and I was going split up the honey and pollen loaded frames from my dead-out for my 2 hives.
    Zone 7A - Southern, MA. Elevation 138 ft.
    4 hives: 1 Carniolan/Italian Hybrid, 2 Swarms from that hive and 1 Russian.

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    Default Re: Is this pollen or Brood?

    If you use wax coated plasticells the honey or pollen won't be touching the plastic. It's been my experience that the bees are very reluctant to build on the noncoated anyway. I think when they do build on it, they coat it first. Don't get me wrong, I am by no means an expert at it!!!

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    Default Re: Is this pollen or Brood?

    I would freeze them if I was planning on pulling them out of the hive - just to make sure that wax moths or hive beetles stay away. If your going to leave it in the hive - then there shouldn't be any problems.

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