of course it is ridiculous to believe that all combs are disease ridden, but even more riduculous to believe that none are. please share your method for determining which are and which are not.Well, a frame with foundation is about $2. A well drawn comb I would think about 4-5 dollars. The idea that all combs except yours are disease ridden seems ridiculous.
yes. that comes back in the day when american foul brood was the scourge and the law was passed to prevent the entry of afb spore infected equipment into the state. importing packages however is totally permissible and doesn't slow down the importing of mites, viruses and other pathogens such as efb.Doesn't Alabama prohibit importing comb into the state because of the fear of contamination?
An answer to that is that if you had given this information first that context would have elicited different responses. Without context our reactions are highly influenced by our previous experiences. Nothing unique about Bee source posters.Well as stated above it is comb from extracted honey supers last fall. It has been cleaned by the bees removed again and spritzed with BT for winter storage. it is first crop clean yellow wax. I have people asking me for drawn comb so they can put it is swarm traps. Or second year keepers to facilitate the growth of splits. All I wanted to know is what I should charge. Just wanted to be fair to the buyer and myself. It is clean, quality comb and the hives it came from are all still alive. What I do not sell will go back on the hives within days.
I have sold about all I care to spare for $10.00 per frame. Swarm season and splitting is at prime in my area right now. I just wanted to know a fair price. Not the logistics and moralities of selling the stuff. Why is it when you ask a simple question here you get everything from the how to's to the chemical make up of materials? but rarely a simple answer.
yup i agree for you its a very valuable commodity however to other beeks ( me at least) its a potential source of disease and problems.I find that Odd..... I had people asking me for drawn frames for the past few years to put in swarm traps. it seemed all the rage in getting started beekeeping around here Free Bees! It is clean honeycomb guess I will Just keep it rather than have the girls draw more.
I am always puzzled by the fear of drawn comb on this forum. What diseases are comb contagious besides AFB? Some say EFB and others say it isn't. Mites? I don't think so? Nosema? Chalkbrood?
I have acquired a lot of drawn comb over the years.
Often it is too crappy to use and I chuck it frame and all. But a lot comes from crashing beginners and has not even seen a whole season. What appears usable I smell and visually inspect each comb looking for AFB. Last week I was given eight almost brand new medium supers, two garden covers including 20 beautiful blonde extracting combs. I didn't even inspect those. I have never felt that my hives have gotten diseases from acquired combs using general precautions.
I agree completely!