New Wood Bar Design with Added Support Arch & More Observations and a Caution
- Greetings All:
For the latest arch bar with very shallow starter web see
"www.ccdemo.info/GardenBees/NewWoodBarPix" (no HTML). You can also navigate
from near the top of the GardenBees page in the bulder's group area. The
arch is glued into the bar slots with waterproof marine adhesive. I have
installed one into the CK3 in between two combs being intensly developed so
I should have results in a few weeks. This one uses a small piece of comb
trimmings as a starter. There is also a snapshot of the inter-bar bee gaps
in this folder.
ARCH BAR OBSERVATIONS
An additional observation from the wild comb frames in CK4 - not only does
the drone brood tend to be developed outside of the arch near the bottom but
the upper outer regions can be easily stripped of honey stores without
impacting the security of the stores and worker brood comb within the arch.
In the 22 degree Kenyan this outside area can contain a substantial amount
of comb. This may be a motivation for making the arch span substantially
less than the interior width of the bar, so more strippable comb is on the
outside near the top.
MOVING COMB & REDUCED SUMMER NECTAR FLOW
I moved some drone brood to the back of the hive, hoping that it would be
used for stored honey but it has been instead stripped clean (they may be
forced to fill it when our fall nectar flow comes in). There are plenty of
sealed honey stores above the brood area and a lot of unsealed honey behind
the brood area. Stores on the entrance end beyon the brood tend to be heavy
with pollen stores. Other comb in the back region was partially drawn for
honey but is now empty (probably due to the great number of drones in this
particular hive). This smaller cell drawn comb should come in handy if I
pick up a swarm as it will advance brood deveopment considerably.
CAUTION ON STRING TYPE USED IN HIVE
If you tie in wild or broken comb, use cotton string (the kind you use for
beans in the garden). Do not use polyester (e.g. dental floss) as the bees
will chew it into a fuzzy mess into which they can get inextricably tangled