Beeswax foundation (updated 10-16-2011)

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  1. bamabww

    bamabww Active Member

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    Re: Beeswax foundation

    That's exactly right! In the top super they started on the left and in the bottom super they started on the right. That's very interesting that your bees did that also. I mentioned my situation to 3 local beekeepers and none of them had ever seen their bees do that.

    Thanks for the advice on swapping sides. I may try that next inspection.
     
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    Re: Beeswax foundation

    I carried some sugar water to the hives today and while there, eased the top off of one hive that I had put all beeswax foundation in last week. They have started drawing comb on one frame so that's an improvement over the way it was with all plastic foundation.
     

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    Re: Beeswax foundation (updated 6-16-2011)

    I thought they might be on one side or the other. The way I have my hived aligned, all my bees end up on the Northeast side of the hive (half of hives face Southeast, other half face Northwest). Have you noticed the same thing?
     
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    Re: Beeswax foundation (updated 6-16-2011)

    Both of my hives face south and in both hives they have started on the west side of each of them, now that I've got only one honey super per hive. When I had two honey supers on one of the hives, they started on the west side on the top super and the east side on the bottom super.
     
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    Re: Beeswax foundation (updated 6-16-2011)

    Earlier in this thread (post # 11) I showed what I decided to do when I didn't have the right stuff to convert from plastic to 100% beeswax foundation. It has worked out well but for these two frames. They are both on the left side (if I'm facing south) of the hive. All the other have been capped approximately 90% honey.

    The bees are working on two others in similar shape.
     

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    More photos of the 100% beeswax foundation referred to above.
     

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    the bees are removing wax to use in other places. quite common for frames with primarily foundation (sometime pulled just a bit) at the end of the season. I suspect the seasonality of this kind of behavior is the results of few young bees to produce necessary wax + propolis <as winter approaches.
     
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    They will complete them in spring, when the flow returns.