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I : “(, I:. 52 5. I Always keep some beeswa2: You may need it, either for preparing new hives (see page 195; or for fixing wax ridges on simple top bars (see oage 56). I If you only have a few pieces of brown comb then it is important to keep them in a closed container, exposed to the sun. The heat will kill any wax moth larva which would eat the comb pieces. If you have bigger quantities of old combs proceed as follows: (This is essentially the method described by P. Papadopoulo, a former Senior Apiculturist in Zimbabwe).
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.
And tie it well. Put this bag of wax in the container. but don’t allow the water Place the container on the fire, to boil because this will spoil the colour and the aroma of Keep the water just below boiling point and press the sack the wax, -frequently with a strong stick to squeeze the wax out-of the combs. The flat stone in your container prevents the sack from touching the hot base of the tin. - As the wax melts it will seep through the sack and float to the surface of the water. - After half an hour carefully place a heavy stone on top of the sack to keep it well below level of the water.