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    Default Salvageable?

    Ok, so I'm going through some old frames that I had lying around for a while. I have already replaced them, but I hate to throw em away. Can the bees repair these if I decide to keep them or are they just too gone? Thanks


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    Default Re: Salvageable?

    Bees are amazing. They will fix that up good as new. Well new used. :-)

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    Default Re: Salvageable?

    Sure they will fix it but expect it to be mostly drone comb.
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    Default Re: Salvageable?

    When I have stuff like that I make up a "bait hive" to catch swarms. If no swarms, and the wax moths get to it I haven't lost that much.
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    Default Re: Salvageable?

    Drone comb is fine! I am trying out all deeps this summer. Thanks for the answers!

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    Default Re: Salvageable?

    use a nuc to repair that they don't need drones so all of that will bee worker cells

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    Default Re: Salvageable?

    The only thing bees have real trouble with is the webbing from wax moths. For whatever reason they cannot chew throught it, and will simply cut out any wax with webbing in it and drag it out.

    They will rebuild the comb nicely, though. I've seen mine rib into sorta mangy comb and cut it back to the foundation and rebuild from there, looks new except for the darker color in the bottom of the cells.

    Peter

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