Warre Hive Experiment

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Hill Top
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Warre Hive Experiment

Postby Hill Top » Sun Jul 05, 2015 1:47 pm

I decide to do an experiment regarding how to prep top bars in a Warre hive because there seems to be so many conflicting opinions about this. All bars have guides. One bar I melted wax only along the guide. The rest of the bars I used a starter strip of 4.9 foundation only 1/2 inch. One bar I installed the strip along the entire length of the guide, the rest I used varying lengths along the bar from 2 to six inches, placing the strips in the center of the bar length by melting wax to attach them. The result was interesting. In two weeks the entire box was built out except they didn't touch the bar that had only melted wax. They built out all the other bars irregardless of how much starter strip was on the bar. all the combs were straight and uniform. I replaced the untouched bar with one with a bit of strip on it and they immediately began drawing it out. Know how I'm going to prep my bars from now on.

Nate K
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Re: Warre Hive Experiment

Postby Nate K » Tue Jul 07, 2015 6:08 pm

Nice to see a comparison.

Thanks for the info!
I have also had luck with starter strips.
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Re: Warre Hive Experiment

Postby herbhome » Mon Nov 30, 2015 11:27 pm

I built all bevel bars, no wax. Results were beautiful straight comb with zero crosscomb. I only have 2 hives so maybe I'm lucky

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Michael Bush
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Re: Warre Hive Experiment

Postby Michael Bush » Tue Dec 01, 2015 12:33 pm

A bead of wax is barely better than no guide at all. I like the bevel the best, not because they follow better, though they follow it well, but because it makes a stronger attachment. A wood strip works fine. I don't wax them at all as the bees are much better at attaching the wax and I get a stronger connection if I don't interfere with that. I have tried rubbing wax on and I've tried dipping the wood in the wax. I've seen comb separate at the joint where the wax was dipped on a hot day. I would run the guides all the way across. The bees tend to want to bend the ends and any encouragement not to do so is good.

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