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I heard that you should have a rotation strategy for getting old wax out of a hive every so often. Is this true? How do you accomplish this? I run all mediums, 8 frame equipment (although I'm experimenting with narrow frame, so I might be nine soon). Is there a way to label the frames so you know how old they are? How do you keep track of it all when frames move from place to place (e.g., from the brood chamber to the honey super, vice versa, or making splits, etc.)?

I'm just starting out (on my way to 5 colonies), and I want to do this right. Everything I have is a year old or younger.

Thanks for your help!

Take care, --Logan
 

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I write on the frames. Seldom do the bees cover the markings so much that I can't read them. If you get dysentery or Nosema, it can block out the writing but when that happens, I usually junk the frames anyway.
 

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You can move a drawn comb out and insert a frame of foundation in it's place.
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For example: Move the # 1 frame out, move the # 2 frame to the side of the hive and insert a frame of foundation.
The # 1 one frame is out of the brood nest, # 2 frame is now # 1 frame and the new frame is in position # 2

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If yours are a year old or less don't even consider replacing them. They work for many years before they're too old and need replacing. When they're black and full of old cocoons is when you replace them. :D
 
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