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26 Sep 2001 22:00 #20684 par salmon
Why not transfer honey w/feral colony? a été créé par salmon
I have been advised not to transfer any honey from the "original" (wild) colony when trying to transfer a feral colony to a standard langstroth hive. Does anyone know what the rationale is behind this? Your help is appreciated...
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19 Mai 2002 22:00 #20685 par willo
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This response probably comes too late, but for information purposes:
Honey can contain unwanted bacteria/spores (foulbrood & other nasty things) which can be passed to other, healthy colonies, creating additional problems. In recent past many wouldn't hive feral bees, but considering the state of beekeeping today, I don't see why not. Just make sure all colonies are inspected on a regular basis and treated correctly.

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07 Juil 2002 22:00 #20686 par deelusbybeekeeper
Réponse de deelusbybeekeeper sur le sujet Why not transfer honey w/feral colony?
Salmon wrote:
I have been advised not to transfer any honey from the "original" (wild) colony when trying to transfer a feral colony to a standard langstroth hive. Does anyone know what the rationale is behind this? Your help is appreciated...
Reply:
While the honey itself is probably safe and can be used for feral cut comb honey, many indeed do not transfer it.
I know we do not and we do a lot of cutouts yearly.
Our main reason for not transferring the honey and pollen, but only the brood combs on made up swarm ketching frames (plans for same at:
www.beesource.com/plans/swarmframe.htm
is that we want the new swarms to draw out new foundation, and removing the pollen and honey stores speeds this process up for comb building.
Regards,
Dee A. Lusby

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