Saving Burr Comb when there is larvae (with picture)

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royl
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Saving Burr Comb when there is larvae (with picture)

Post by royl » Fri Mar 30, 2018 12:28 pm

Just a question for the burr comb saving beekeepers... What would you do with the following comb when it's removed from the hive?
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Wally
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Re: Saving Burr Comb when there is larvae (with picture)

Post by Wally » Fri Mar 30, 2018 2:48 pm

I would first pick up each drone larva and inspect for vorroa mites. Then I would scrape the burr comb off.

Jacobs
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Re: Saving Burr Comb when there is larvae (with picture)

Post by Jacobs » Fri Mar 30, 2018 3:07 pm

I have a deal with local birds. I would examine a good number of larvae as Wally suggests. If there are more than I want to look at, I leave the burr comb out and give the birds a chance to eat the larvae. If they clean it out, I collect the wax and process it. If they don't clean it out, I collect the wax and deal with the stink when I process it. As spring progresses, the birds learn that newly deceased honey bees and nearly dead crawlers are a good protein source. They show up regularly to dine at my driveway pad in front of my hives. They quickly catch on about the burr comb and drone larvae.

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