Re: Banding Comb with honey
Not sure yet of the wisdom of this--but I helped a friend who had a swarm move into an empty hive box; no frames. We didn't realize how soft the comb was until we started. It was a mess. We framed up the brood with rubber bands and it had nectar stores too. The top of the combs were capped honey. We found the queen, clipped her and released when we had the frames all set in the box. We put the honey comb in a cake pan, put that on top of the inner cover, then an empty medium and lid. Entrance reducer on smallest opening, I text her Monday and today asking how do things look.
We did this on Sunday, so far no robbing and she said bees coming and going like normal. There is a flow going on right now, both Brazillian Pepper and Melaluka.
"Rule Three of beekeeping...Never cease to feel wonder" Laurie R. King--
March 2010; +/- 30 hives, TF