Foundationless Lesson

You have just gotten your bees, either in the mail or you have gone and picked them up in person. Now what do you do? Covers from installation in your hive until the end of the first winter and the first blooms of spring.
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Foundationless Lesson

Postby Max » Sun Sep 11, 2016 10:58 pm

I started off foundationless this year and my original give is doing great. When I had a weak hive though and gave them a frame of brood things didn't work out so well. The comb collapsed and made quite a mess, I believe it was the weak colony's inability to adequately cool the hive, does that make sense?

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Michael Bush
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Re: Foundationless Lesson

Postby Michael Bush » Mon Sep 12, 2016 12:47 pm

Sort of makes sense. But brood combs are usually not very heavy so it's not an issue with comb collapse as opposed to a new soft heavy comb of honey.
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Re: Foundationless Lesson

Postby Chuck Jachens » Mon Sep 12, 2016 3:49 pm

More likely you cracked the comb near the bar. I did the same thing learning to handle comb in my top bar hives. Try to keep the comb in the vertical plane especially if it is newer comb.

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