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  1. #1
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    I'm all large cell. In my recent order to Dadant, I ordered some plastic brood foundation. In filling that order, they substituted in a few small cell plastic foundations, I assume accidentally.

    If I use that in my brood boxes, will the bees be able to draw that out properly? Or should I have them replace it?

    I'm just afraid the bees will mess it up, and then I might as well go foundationless and save the money....

    thanks!

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    The small cell plastic is very different looking. It has no cell wall and is just rows of the rhombus shaped faces. Are you sure it's small cell plastic? I understood they were out of them.

    As far as large bees drawing the small cell plastic, I never had any luck. I had good luck with regressed bees drawing it. The large bees did everything they could to not draw it on the foundation at all.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    >>The small cell plastic is very different looking. It has no cell wall and is just rows of the rhombus shaped faces. Are you sure it's small cell plastic? I understood they were out of them.

    That's definately what I got. Maybe they were out because they mixed them with their regular foundation.

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    Well, the small cell plastic was going for a couple of bucks a sheet, if I remember right. Sounds like you got a bargin. [img]smile.gif[/img] I'd use it after you use some foundationless or some small cell wax or some starter strips and get them partially regressed. [img]smile.gif[/img]
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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