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Sunday, October 22, 2006

Posted on Beemaster's about end of season frames

http://beemaster.com/beebbs/viewtopic.php?p=39056#39056

Here's a link to my questions on the Beemaster's forum about how to handle my frames at the end of the harvest.

When the honey is harvested, there is honey dripping from the cut comb areas. I put the frames back into the hives and the bees cleaned all of the honey off of the frames. I forgot and left one super on for about a month before taking it and the cleaned frames off. Meanwhile the bees had drawn wax out using the little bits of leftover wax as a foundation.

My question is whether or not I need to scrape the wax leavings off of the cleaned frames and start with new foundation or if the wax remainders will serve as foundation for next year. Michael Bush uses foundationless frames for his supers. We'll see what the forum members suggest and I'll keep you posted as well.

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