The honey comb that the bees use to raise their brood and place their honey stores gets old. What is a beekeeper to do?
Why do it?
Frames become impregnated with pesticides, some the bees pick up from their foraging efforts and others from beekeepers placing treatments into their hives to remove mites.
When to do it?
We replace our frames every three years, we have started stamping our frames with the year the frame was made. This makes it easier to work out the frames age. Old frames can be melted down for their wax and then rewired and re-waxed. Or destroyed if you can afford to buy new frames.
Look what our bees have been doing
The bees also see the benefit of replacing the frames, so they have been filling in the stamps with propolis. To make it easier for us to read the year stamps. How often do you replace your frames?
Do think it’s pointless to replace frames? Comment below (If you dare :)) :-
Gary is the web designer and chief Propeller-head at kiwimana. He enjoys designing products which solve problems and is passionate about saving the Bees and encouraging urban beekeeping. Gary loves to write about issues that affect the Bees and our environment. He is one of the hosts of the kiwimana buzz Beekeeping podcast.