Monday, August 26, 2013

Bee Vlog - August 23, 2013

A bucket of old comb from a cutout has been sitting in my garage since June 1st without problems, then a few weeks ago I removed some comb from a weak hive and put it in with the rest of the old comb. Unbeknownst to me, that comb had wax moth eggs. These eggs hatched some time in the past week and began their destruction. Eating through the old wax and spinning their silky webs and cocoons all over.

I wasn't saving this wax for anything. I was just trying to get my solar wax melter finished up so I could melt it down. So now, I'm going to just let the larvae do their thing as I feed them to my chickens! The chickens love it. At first they didn't know what to think of the combs being given to them, but once they got a taste they learned quickly how to get the most out of each comb.

I doubt I'll be able to salvage much of the wax after the chickens pick through it, but it's not a big deal.

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1 comment:

  1. just had to feed chickens yesterday! sadly it was the very first warm I caught this season they must have failed to supersede queen. it normally takes the chickens just a little while to figure out why you're giving them the comb but it normally is not fit for be used after they're done. At least you don't have to worry about black small numbers increasing when you have chickens around. And it doesn't get much more organic than that!