Can anyone tell me if it is important to return extracted frames (stickies) to the same hive that they come from? I will soon be extracting from multiple hives for the first time and would like to know if the extracted frames need to go back into the same hive?
I have always thought it good policy to replace frames back into same hives. If I do not extract and replace same day I usually put the stickies into a freezer for 48 hours and then store in supers marked with hive number and ensure flat on a board (so no ants etc can get in) and an open insect mesh lid on top. I have had very little or no wax moth trouble. In saying this, if you are short of frames and need to get some back quickly, if you have had an AFB test and are confident you have no other diseases in your apiary then you could interchange some frames, but try and avoid.
i think that buying a commercial quantity of AFB and EFB field test kits for sale to members would be a good use of our money.
I am not sure about the AFB field test kits as I have heard that they can generate some inconsistent results. I do remind all members that the club does reimburse the full cost of a AFB pathology test which is the most accurate test, and we encourage a test annually. Just present your invoice to club for payment.
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