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  1. #1
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    Default How to deal with questionable comb?

    I had one hive come down with dysentery this spring. It was on the inside of the boxes. They had pretty much a deep and medium full of honey. I've been expanding the brood nest, hoping they recover. I had to pull a few deep frames of honey, and I wondered what I should do with it. Some of it doesn't look great. The surface looked wet or slick in some areas. Some areas have crystallized, and I have seen a few small patches with a light mold on small areas. These maladies are here and there on most the honey stored in the hive. When I saw it I thought that I wouldn't want to eat it and I could imagine that the bees might have gut problems from it. So what do I do with it? I would like to salvage the drawn comb, but am hesitant to feed it to other bees....
    A backyard hobbyist, keeping hives since '09. ~ http://www.sweetthangchocolates.com
    Zone 8a/8b

  2. #2
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    Default Re: How to deal with questionable comb?

    All I do is feed these types of combs back to hives in small doses.

    If the comb is real bad, I put it smack in the middle of the brood nest, so the bees are forced to clean it, sometimes they'll avoid it if it's on the edge.

  3. #3
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    Default Re: How to deal with questionable comb?

    Thanks for the feed back, I wasn't sure...
    A backyard hobbyist, keeping hives since '09. ~ http://www.sweetthangchocolates.com
    Zone 8a/8b

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