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  1. #1
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    Default Is it better to shake or brush bees?

    Im going to make splits and need to get bees off of the frames. I was wondering if the shaking causes problems to the larvae or brood and that I should just use a brush to get them off. Which is less stressful for the bees?

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    Default Re: Is it better to shake or brush bees?

    When we make splits we move the bees with the frames and mabee shake a couple more frames of bees into the split, but when I want all the bees off the frame I shake first then brush.
    Just my 2
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    Default Re: Is it better to shake or brush bees?

    I've noticed no problems with shaking. I just grafted three dozen larvae on Saturday and they didn't seem to be bothered by shaking, though I would probably avoid shaking them now. I brush full honey frames just because they're heavier.
    Solomon Parker, Parker Farms, ParkerFarms.biz
    11 Years Treatment-Free, ~25 Colony Baseline

  4. #4
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    Default Re: Is it better to shake or brush bees?

    I have shaked and can get almost all the bees off the frames with a couple of shakes.
    The problem with the brush is it makes them testy, mad and down right displeasing to work with. I have two brushes and rarely use them

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    Default Re: Is it better to shake or brush bees?

    One thing that helps if you brush them is to spritz the brush with water. It gets on the wings a bit and makes them nicer. I've helped a few pros and they all spritz and use a heavy hand on brushing from the boxes. Frames most of them just shake.
    Disclaimer: I know enough to know I don't know anything yet.

  6. #6
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    Elkton, Giles, Tennessee, USA
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    Default Re: Is it better to shake or brush bees?

    Bees don't mind being pushed along in front of the brush bristles, but if rolled under trailing bristles, they come up fighting mad. Brush with less pressure on the bristles.
    Walt

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