question about adding drawn comb and undrawn comb.

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  1. adamant

    adamant Member

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    i made some splits in a single 10 frame deep and added a new queen. i like to add another 10 frame deep but don't have a lot of drawn comb. in the new deep that i am going to add should i add a drawn frame in position 1 and 5-6 and 10 and the rest un drawn foundation in the rest of the positions?
     
  2. brooksbeefarm

    brooksbeefarm New Member

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    I would put all 4 in the middle two get the queen going and when they draw out foundation to 2 and 9 i would switch places with 1 and 10 and add the other deep. But that's just me. Jack
     

  3. Omie

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    Just be sure to keep the frames with brood together until the new split is strong.
     
  4. riverbee

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    adamant i would do as jack said.... but i would also feed 1:1, until these frames are drawn.
     
  5. gunsmith

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    I'd go with Jacks advice too, keep all 4 drawn frames together in the middle so the queen won't have to jump around too much. The workers generally draw comb frmm the center of the box outward.
     
  6. arkiebee

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    My new splits are really doing well and I want to add another hive body as well. I do have a couple of drawn frames to put in there, but should I feed 1:1 till they draw out more comb? If so - through a Boardman feeder or top feeder (for robbing problems) We have a good honey flow going now - this week's forecast is warmer sunny weather- we even have white clover starting to bloom in our pastures.
     
  7. tecumseh

    tecumseh New Member

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    what Jack said....
     
  8. arkiebee

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    with or without the 1:1?? Boardman or top feeder??
     
  9. Omie

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    I never feed processed sugar syrup if there is a ton of nutritious natural nectar and pollen out there. But that's just my own approach, others may advise differently. :)
     
  10. riverbee

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    arkie,
    i don't like boardmans. whatever you use, feed 1:1 until all the combs are drawn out, with, or without the flow.
    you have a young divide that does not have the force to draw comb and/or forage as a full hive does. feeding is a 'kick start' for them; stimulates build up and comb building, and once they are strong enough, and the comb is built, they will ignore the feed, or may ignore it sooner. you will know.