7 responses

  1. NinetyEight
    July 1, 2014

    That’s one advantage of frames over top-bars. If we tried that the comb would likely snap off. We use the brush often.

  2. Julie
    July 1, 2014

    Neil gaiman keeps bees? I knew he was wicked cool!

    I have TBHs, but I think bees brushes are useless too. They get totally gunked up. I can’t shake bars like that, though, so I uses a leafy twig, handful of grass, or a big feather. Cheap and cheerful, and they don’t get sticky.

  3. Phillip
    July 2, 2014

    I used to use a handful of grass too. That seemed agitate the bees less.

    I can’t wait to set up my first TBH. With any luck, it’ll happen next year.

  4. Anna
    July 8, 2014

    Funny you should say that, I’ve used my brush maybe three times since starting in 2011. This last Saturday was one of them, after using a leaf blower to get the bees off of the honey frames, we used a brush to get the stragglers. Rinsed off the brush afterwards and it was restored to its glory…awaiting its next use in the summer of 2015, if I should be so lucky.

  5. Marysia
    July 17, 2014

    If you do use the brush (and mine is a very soft horse hair), remember to brush up or sideways, not down the frame. If you brush down, their tiny little legs get caught on the lower protruding rim of each cell. That’s what I’ve read a few times, anyway.

  6. Marysia
    July 17, 2014

    One other thing…if the bees you are shaking onto the ground are nurse bees, will they be able to find their way back into the hive? They’ve never flown before in their life or been outside the hive for that matter. Just a thought.

    • Phillip
      July 20, 2014

      If for some reason I needed to shake off some nurse bees (possibly for some queen-rearing procedures), I’d shake them off into the hive. But most of the time when I shake off bees, it’s to get them off honey frames. No nurse bees there. At least I hope not.

      These are good comments. I’ll have to modify what I wrote in the post.

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