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  1. #1
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    Default Inner cover burr comb

    Does anyone else get this? All my hives have this enmasse. Not just a little but it almost looks like barricades. I usually just leave it there but am thinking maybe scrape it off before winter. They are small thick wide pieces. Not one continuous piece of comb. Fairly normal??

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    Default Re: Inner cover burr comb

    I have a few hives that did it, they were 100% filled and I think they needed more room. Did not want to add on this close to winter.

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    Default Re: Inner cover burr comb

    Yes, sounds like they ran out of room. I would leave them alone, as it this point in time those are stores. Clean them up in the spring.

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    Default Re: Inner cover burr comb

    In the spring scrap the heavy's then take a weed torch to it and melt in the rest. Cleans them up nice.
    David

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    Default Re: Inner cover burr comb

    They are not out of space. This has been going on most of the summer and they have never been crowded. If anything, the opposite. More room than needed in the hives. I guess I will leave as it is close to winter and seems I should stop poking around in them.

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    Default Re: Inner cover burr comb

    Do you have notches in the cover and or a feed hole? They may be trying to close off drafts.
    Brian Cardinal
    Zone 5a, Practicing non-intervention beekeeping

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    Default Re: Inner cover burr comb

    what kind of inner cover are you using. The ones with a sheet of plywood with the sides only on top, so that the plywood goes right on top of the frames, create less burr comb than the inner covers that have the plywood in the middle with the sides above and below the plywood, if that makes any sense, it violates the bee space and they make more burr comb.
    mike syracuse ny
    I went to bed mean, and woke up meaner. Marshal Dillon

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    Default Re: Inner cover burr comb

    Did you keep the flat side of the inner cover down in summer during the time they will fill any void wider than a bee space with comb.

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