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In case you find a crooked comb, a very black one, or a comb with a large patch of drone brood remove it also from the brood nest. If such a comb contains worker brood, move it out of the brood beyond the first honey comb. After all the brood has emerged the comb can be cut off. Render wax from these combs. (See page 52). nest section of a worker brood comb. A large The different stages of brood are in a certain order, from bottom to top: eggs, larvae, capped brood. ,‘i”w . _ \ i,j; I’.. c: I/;I‘ 1’ 48 li~_ Starting a Colony by Dividing an Established Colony At the beginning of the flowering seasons (August-September February-March) strong colonies build up to 60 000 workers, hundred drones,- and between 9 and 15 brood combs with brood all stages.

Move behind the hive before you open it and stay handling the bees. Bees dislike people standing entrance holes blocking their flight path. right, there whilst in front of their 38 5. smoke inside immediately. &U” of the hive. Shake the bees off the top bars --w.. haA infnI_” ‘the hive. , Be careful not to knot -k the hive. Next, bioti more smoke inside. 6. 7. move the empty top bars one by one to the empty side of the hive and push them together leaving no gaps. Try not to squash or kill any bees betveen the top bars as the smell of the dead bees A squashed bee must be smoked immediately will alarm the others.

Cosmetic creams, polishes, 6. Some points about honey production as a source of income. Your harvested honey is Comb Honey. Not only is it preferred tradit’ionally by. Batswana, it is also tastier than extracted honey. Sealed honey which has been neatly cut and packaged is worth more money than extracted honey. Sb 3 kg of honey and 100 g of wax. A strong colony may produce 20 kg of comb honey,if not more per year, with reasonable rains. If you want to sell comb honey, you can be sure that there is d demand everywhere - firstly in your village!

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