I let them starve - now what
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  1. #1
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    Default I let them starve - now what

    Hello - I had a hive starve. Found out today. A lot of bees. I shook a lot out but there are a lot still in cells. If I put these frames on another hive, will they clean them out?

    Anthony

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    Default Re: I let them starve - now what

    I would try to shake out as many as I could. I had the same thing this year and I tried to blow out the bees with my air compressor. But I would not fret too much over it. Yes, they will clean the dead bees out.

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    Default Re: I let them starve - now what

    just wack the frame on something. most will pop out. do get them out before they mold
    Terrence

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    Default Re: I let them starve - now what

    Bees can do the job better that you let them

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    Default Re: I let them starve - now what

    I once tried whacking a frame to shake out dead bees. Ended up with a sink full of broken comb. Now I just let the bees take care of the housekeeping.

    I wonder if the extractor would work? Just thinking out loud.
    Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.

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    Default Re: I let them starve - now what

    They won't mould (my spell checker is British) in the freezer, nor will beetle or wax moth larva emerge.
    Bill

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    Default Re: I let them starve - now what

    Quote Originally Posted by JWPalmer View Post
    I once tried whacking a frame to shake out dead bees. Ended up with a sink full of broken comb. Now I just let the bees take care of the housekeeping.

    I wonder if the extractor would work? Just thinking out loud.
    Good point JW. I should have specified i use ritecell foundation.
    Terrence

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