How to switch out comb?

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Pierce
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How to switch out comb?

Postby Pierce » Mon May 15, 2017 3:25 pm

How would I go about switching comb out? I bought used hives from a old time beekeeper and he used Duragildt or ritecell for foundation I think. Do I just buy new foundation and put it in the old frames or buy all new frames or foundationless?

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Re: How to switch out comb?

Postby GregV » Mon May 15, 2017 4:57 pm

Pierce wrote:How would I go about switching comb out? I bought used hives from a old time beekeeper and he used Duragildt or ritecell for foundation I think. Do I just buy new foundation and put it in the old frames or buy all new frames or foundationless?


Why not?
Do I just buy new foundation and put it in the old frames

Why not either?
.. or buy all new frames...

Why not this?
.. or foundationless?


Any of these should work.
Question is - what are your own constraints and goals in beekeeping?

As for me, I try to take the cheapest route and that makes the life much easier.
And so, I would reuse every old frame as foundation-less and be done with it.
Cheap and effective.

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Re: How to switch out comb?

Postby moebees » Mon May 15, 2017 8:53 pm

I would go foundation less unless you want to regress them to small cell first. Start them on pf100 frames and then switch to foundation less.
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