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margob99 

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The last time I inspected the brood box, a frame fell apart in my hands (my bad for building it badly in the first place) and, because I was busy, I simply removed it and carried on with the inspection.

Now I have this fallen-apart frame of uncapped honey sitting in the kitchen, and I'd like to feed it back to the bees. How do I physically place it back in the hive? I want to put a round feeder into an eke or something on the top of the hive today, and I thought maybe I could just remove the wooden frame bits and lay the loose slab of uncapped honeycomb onto the top of the frames? Or on a piece of newspaper or something?
 

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The last time I inspected the brood box, a frame fell apart in my hands (my bad for building it badly in the first place) and, because I was busy, I simply removed it and carried on with the inspection.

Now I have this fallen-apart frame of uncapped honey sitting in the kitchen, and I'd like to feed it back to the bees. How do I physically place it back in the hive? I want to put a round feeder into an eke or something on the top of the hive today, and I thought maybe I could just remove the wooden frame bits and lay the loose slab of uncapped honeycomb onto the top of the frames? Or on a piece of newspaper or something?
Hi
How about using some rubber bands to hold it in place on the frame

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In bits on the coverboard is a good bet.

I left a large piece of comb on a coverboard a while back and the bees were filling it, instead of the opposite - really unexpected - they were also the same colony that 'cleaned up' some extracted comb and deposited it in the top-most box, neatly, over several frames even though I had pinched a frame or two from their brood box. They must have been expecting great things that late in the season!

An alternative is to shred and screen; feed the honey back in the feeder along with the other syrup and give them the comb to clean up - or wash the comb shreds and use it to make the feed. Lots of options really.

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agree with all the above. you could either try tying it into an intact foundationless frame or use the various options to give it back to bees - loose on crown board, smashed up in feeder etc. basically what you would do to clean up cappings.
 

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