Re: [TopHive] Re: bees ordered
- That would be about the best thing. Old comb especially - stinky old
black brood comb.
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On May 5, 2010, at 8:29 AM, dennisbabbitt wrote:
> Just wondering. Does anyone place old comb or spray the boxes with
> lemongrass oil to help the bees from the package take to the hive?
> Last year I put a package into my TBH and they lasted about 2 days
> before they absconded to a different location, unknown. this year I
> attached a couple of old combs from the bars and they took to it
> like they were waiting to come home. They are now doing just fine
> making new comb from they other bars.
> --- In TopHive@yahoogroups.com, "Mike V" <mike@...> wrote:
> > Give them time - cross-combing is pretty easy for them to do if
> they get the gumption, but fortunately fairly easy to prevent too. :)
> > How long did you leave the queen-cage in there?
> > Be well,
> > Mike
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> > --- In TopHive@yahoogroups.com, "James Zitting" <james@> wrote:
> > >
> > > Of the 17 colonies I installed in top bar hives this spring,
> only one of
> > > them crossed there comb, and I think it was my fault. I had the
> queen cage
> > > hanging about an inch under the bars, and it was crooked. The
> bees build
> > > wings off the cage, and that established how the comb was in the
> rest of the
> > > hive. Next time I will just dumb the bees in and release the
> queen like
> > > Michal Bush recommends.
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