Re: How to manage frames properly when dealing with the hive?
Here is basically what I do when working a hive for purposes of inspection or to find what I need to make nucs with.
Originally Posted by drmanhadan
I smoke the entrance and, as I remove the cover, I smoke the top of the open hive. Then I break the propolis bond between the bottom and top box, making sure that the frames in the top box are broken loose from those in the bottom box. Using smoke as I need to. (Most of my hives are made up of two deeps.)
My next step is to loosen the propolis bond between the outside most frames from the box itself by sticking the hive tool between the frames and the box and prying them away from the sidewall of the box. Then I use the hook end of my tool to break the first and second frame from each other and then the second and third frames from each other. Sticking the blade end down between the first and second frame, close to one end of the frames or the other, using the first frame as a fulcrum, I pry one end of the second frame and grab hold of it by hand and then do the same w/ the other end of the frame.
Once in hand I look at both sides to see what I have in hand. Holding the frame with both hands by the top bar, I shake the frame quickly dislodging the bees thereon, back into the hive. I then stand the frame on end against the hive in a place conveniently placed so I don't kick it.
The next frame I handle in a similar manner, except I will usually leave it in the hive and won't shake the bees off of it. There are exceptions depending on what I am doing at the time. This is a general description of what I do and how I handle frames and the boxes they are housed in.
I hope that helps and welcome questions to garner better understanding.
"Beekeeping. It's a journey, not a destination." Mark Berninghausen