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    Lightbulb placing beeswax in a hive to help build comb?

    Hi everyone,
    I have about a pound of beeswax and was wondering if I placed some in a hive will it help the bees build comb faster, since they don't have to eat honey to make the wax?

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    Default Re: placing beeswax in a hive to help build comb?

    They will indeed use a token amount of it sometimes, but not enough to make much difference. If the wax is thin expensive foundation, they seem to use a lot more of it than if is a chunk that is harder to work. One thing to remember is that bees of a certain stage of developement automatically produce wax whether festooned or not.

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    Default Re: placing beeswax in a hive to help build comb?

    After crush and strain, I leave the gooey wax out for the girls. They make off with every drop of honey, but always leave all the wax behind. I can't get the wax cleaner no matter how much work I do. I'm with Vance G, not going to make a difference.

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    Default Re: placing beeswax in a hive to help build comb?

    Quote Originally Posted by throrope View Post
    After crush and strain, I leave the gooey wax out for the girls. ...
    I mixed this with water, strain and make mead from this. Sergey
    Серёжа, Sergey

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    Default Re: placing beeswax in a hive to help build comb?

    According to the biology of the bee, they produce the wax in glands that they use on the combs.

    I don't think they have the capability to rework wax from one source and carry it to another location. Most other components of the hive, propolis, nectar, and pollen is carried on either the leg baskets or the honey gut. I have not seen a way for them to transport wax.

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    Default Re: placing beeswax in a hive to help build comb?

    They can rework it a little, but I'm not sure if they could build cells with it. They will reuse wax to cap honey.

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    Default Re: placing beeswax in a hive to help build comb?

    Mine reuse burr comb ALWAYS !! I just put it on the bottom board and it's gone within a few hours.

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    Default Re: placing beeswax in a hive to help build comb?

    [QUOTE=throrope;893620]After crush and strain, I leave the gooey wax out for the girls. They make off with every drop of honey

    It is a very efficient way to spread AFB ( and more) to as many hives as possible - not recommended!

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    Default Re: placing beeswax in a hive to help build comb?

    If you are feeding back to your own uninfected hives, why the AFB concern? I understand if it is an unknown source, but knowing the source as your own, why a concern?

    I put the remnants of my crush and strains out for the girls to finish off...though I know the source of all my honey and wax. The girls pick this honey so clean, yet leave 99% of the wax behind. They leave the wax so clean even the ants aren't interested. (Nor are the bees!) Bottom line, I don't think the wax donation helps them a bit.

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    Default Re: placing beeswax in a hive to help build comb?

    "If you are feeding back to your own uninfected hives, why the AFB concern? I understand if it is an unknown source, but knowing the source as your own, why a concern? "

    Are you sure there are no other bees withing flying distance attracted to your offering? I would not take the risk.

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    Default Re: placing beeswax in a hive to help build comb?

    I have seen them use old wax from brood comb above the inner cover, they used just a little to make burr comb on the tops of frames directly under the hole, they did not carry around the hive.

    I use plastic frames and apply a generous coat of wax with a small sponge roller, I belive they will use all I aplied and rework it into comb. It will also help them to accept/work the plastic frames quicker.

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