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  1. #1
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    Default No propolis in 2-week old hive? Is this unusual?

    I installed a 3# package of Italians 2 weeks ago. They are doing really well in all respects as far as I (a newbie) can tell, despite the lousy weather. Lots of drawn comb and brood in a solid pattern (some capped already), lots of pollen and syrup "honey" surrounding brood, etc. I have noticed, however, that there is absolutely no propolis anywhere in the hive -- not a single speck, not even to seal some minor cracks at the interface between the base and the hive body. I know that propolis is considered a nuisance to beekeepers, so maybe I should consider myself lucky. I'm guessing that maybe it's just not high on their "list" of priorities since they are so busy drawing comb, collecting nectar and pollen, feeding brood, etc. It's really just a matter of curiosity for me, so I'm wondering if anyone has noticed this in new colonies. Thanks!
    “Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.” – Albert Einstein

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    Default Re: No propolis in 2-week old hive? Is this unusual?

    Not to worry it will arrive if and when it's needed.
    Not all hives produce the same amount of propolis hives we have in the native bush have barely a speck of propolis in them which is completely different to the hives we have around home which are full of propolis.

    frazz

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    Default Re: No propolis in 2-week old hive? Is this unusual?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ricky Bee View Post
    I'm guessing that maybe it's just not high on their "list" of priorities since they are so busy drawing comb, collecting nectar and pollen, feeding brood, etc.
    Yes. Building a house comes before housekeeping.

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    Default Re: No propolis in 2-week old hive? Is this unusual?

    I guess you have confirmed my hypothesis. Thanks for your help!
    “Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.” – Albert Einstein

  5. #5
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    Default Re: No propolis in 2-week old hive? Is this unusual?

    Bees are good at priorities. Propolis is not the top of the list.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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