Dear lovely people,
Transitioning to natural cell size foundationless frames, I have about a dozen plastic foundation frames with drawn comb, pollen, and nectar. I know the girls work so hard to make bee bread, and I’d hate for any of it to be wasted!
Is there any way to get them to clean the frames out? I’ve tried:
putting a frame or two in an empty super above the inner cover of the hive
hanging frames out in the open in the middle of the bee yard (no, it didn’t set off robbing… For some reason my (local) bees just don’t seem interested in each other’s hive )
In either case, I see a few bees on the frames, but by and large they seem to remain full. Any suggestions?
If all else fails, I’ll give them to a local beekeeper who uses foundation - shouldn’t be too hard to find
All ideas welcome!