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  1. #1
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    Default Transfer honey frames from a dead hive?

    Can I take the capped honey frames from a dead hive and give to a live hive?
    One of my dead hives perished in the autumn. A suspected pathogen is deformed wing virus.

    Do I risk transferring this pathogen? Anything else to be aware of?

    Thanks,
    michael

  2. #2

    Default Re: Transfer honey frames from a dead hive?

    Go right ahead. Assuming it is just a winter die out.
    David

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Transfer honey frames from a dead hive?

    Deformed wing is generally associated with mite load, they would not have survived the winter. You should be OK

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    Default Re: Transfer honey frames from a dead hive?

    Some of my winter dead outs have mold growing on the wood, esp the bottom boards. Is it ok the spray with a little bleach water or should i leave them be? Thanks!

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    Default Re: Transfer honey frames from a dead hive?

    Quote Originally Posted by Laurabee View Post
    Some of my winter dead outs have mold growing on the wood, esp the bottom boards. Is it ok the spray with a little bleach water or should i leave them be? Thanks!
    Leave it alone. The bees will clean it up.

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    Default Re: Transfer honey frames from a dead hive?

    I just did that. If you add an extra deep on top I would alternate empty comb, frame of honey, empty comb, frame of honey...

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