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    Default What to do with this pollen frame-

    Just a conversational thread --

    Here is a frame I pulled out of a deep that was a super.

    If you came across this: What would you do with it? And why?
    20170903_150530.jpg

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    Outdoor, It looks like a real bonus for a brood nest ! (However it is unusual.)

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    I'd put it in the freezer and save it for spring splits. Or, if in early spring (March), one of my hives needs a boost, I'd put it in there.

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    I would use it in a cell builder, right next to the cell holder frame, because it takes pollen and incoming or simulated nectar to make good well fed cells.
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    That would go into my cell builder too.
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    Agree, cell builder, or possibly into a split.
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    If it really came out of a functioning colony (recently), I'd have left it exactly where I found it. If I had found it in the spring, then I might have pulled it for a cell builder.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AstroBee View Post
    If it really came out of a functioning colony (recently), I'd have left it exactly where I found it. If I had found it in the spring, then I might have pulled it for a cell builder.
    It did come out of a colony, be it an unusual one. Had a hive get spring swarmy on me- so I put the old queen between excluders in box two, two cells in box one and two cells in a nuc above the colony and backwards (newspapered it back in once queen right). I was wanting to try a two queen system. Fast forward to fall harvest and I pulled four deeps and a med off this three queen system (all started as foundation)- it had two upper /mid entrance shims in the stack. This frame and two like it were in the third box up and below the mid entrance.

    When I pulled fall honey and broke it into singles I gave a frame to each colony for over winter. Had it been in the spring- heck yeah! right in the cell builder--

    How many of y'all freeze frames like this for Spring? how well does it work?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Outdoor N8 View Post
    Just a conversational thread --

    Here is a frame I pulled out of a deep that was a super.

    If you came across this: What would you do with it? And why?
    20170903_150530.jpg
    Harvest the honey, stick the "empty" frame somewhere it could be used. Or at least spray with Bt and store.
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    I would freeze that for sure in your case. Wrap well in saran wrap and add a layer of cardboard to each side to keep my wife from damaging the comb when she rummages in the freezer.
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    This time of year I would let the bees rob out the honey then set the frame in a box close to the ground and let the mice take care of the pollen. The lesser option would be letting the bees cap over the pollen in the spring making that whole section of comb unusable. They will rebuild it in the spring.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rwurster View Post
    This time of year I would let the bees rob out the honey then set the frame in a box close to the ground and let the mice take care of the pollen. The lesser option would be letting the bees cap over the pollen in the spring making that whole section of comb unusable. They will rebuild it in the spring.
    The only thing I want to feed mice is poison... let alone allow them to eat my comb.
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