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  1. #1
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    Default This is a big mistake

    I put a bottle of 2-1 to get the bees to build comb. Well you know if you forget it this is what happens. What a mess. Picture #148 is of the box up side down, With the top of the hive on the grass. Picture #151 is of the top of the frames that the jar sat on. What a mistake.
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  2. #2
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    Default Re: This is a big mistake

    One way to avoid this is to use an inner cover with a hole in it, and set the jar over/in the hole so that the lid is accessible to the bees, but the bees don't have access to the space above the cover.
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  3. #3
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    Default Re: This is a big mistake

    LOL well kinda ugly looking but on the good side the bees appear to be quite happy with it!
    3 hives/2 nucs

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    Default Re: This is a big mistake

    Good news is you kept them from swarming.

  5. #5
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    Default Re: This is a big mistake

    Well you know it's honey rather than sugar cos that bottle could not possibly hold enough to make all that. So harvest it crush it & eat it.

    But then, you got to get your hive winter ready, put the box back on this time with frames and feed it via a feeder on top of that.

    Don't forget this time LOL.
    44 years, been commercial, outfits up to 4000 hives, now 120 hives and 200 nucs as a hobby, selling bees. T (mostly).

  6. #6
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    Default Re: This is a big mistake

    +1 to rader - just use an inner cover and put a medium on it.

    I actually use a couple shims and don't put the jar over the whole (so if the jar leaks it won't fall on the brood straight away). They still never build comb up there.

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    Default Re: This is a big mistake

    i would harvest it. Natural cut comb. Obviously put on new frames if you plan to feed it back.

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