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  1. #1
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    I hived three packages on April 30 on wood frames with RiteCell plastic foundation I purchased from Mann Lake. The foundation although beeswax coated does not have an even distribution of the wax coating. The wax covering is most complete around the center of the foundation in the shape of an oval with some sheets having no coating around an inch or inch and one half from the edges.

    I checked the bees yesterday and they are drawing the foundation, but the new combs seem to be drawn in an oval shape corresponding to the besswax coating (I see eggs in the cells, yeah!). The areas where no beeswax covering was evident has not been drawn. I'm still feeding HFCS even though the bees are working spring wildflowers and fruit tree blossoms.

    Since these are new packages on foundation will they eventually draw the combs claer out to the frame edges or will they leave things the way they are?

    Almost wish I would have stuck with good old duragilt.

    Ron
    Butterchurn<br /><br />Diplomacy is the art of saying \'Nice doggie\' until you can find a rock. <br /><br />Will Rogers

  2. #2
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    They will eventually work it to the edges. I just cut a bunch of bad spots out of duragilt Sunday. Once the wax is gone they never draw it back out. But until then it works nicely.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

  3. #3
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    be thankful you don't have duragilt, as ritecell is much better. As soon as duragilt gets scratched, scraped, or bent, it tends to lose adhesion between plastic and wax. Then your contending with patches of plastic the bees will never touch.

  4. #4
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    try spraying the the spots that do not have wax coating with sugar syrup.
    Chef Isaac..Culinary Arts and Honey are a sweet mix! http://www.sweetascanbeehoneyfarm.com & http://www.adoptahive.info

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    Thanks everyone!

    I sprayed the RiteCell with diluted HFCS when I installed the bees. I can easily do it again. I think I will.

    I have the bees located in a semi-residential area. Some of the neighbors were a bit apprehensive until they saw they could walk right up to the hives and watch the bees without being molested by them. One neighbor thought it was down right cool. Of course there is one neighbor with nice big apple trees that said he will swat every bee he sees. Go figure. I will remind him of what he said after he notices the improvement in his apples this fall.

    The family where I am keeping the bees put up a 6 foot high stock wire fence around the bees with a gate and padlock to keep out children, and other 4 legged pests. Skunks can't eat'em if the can't reach'em.

    I'll have to get some digital photos of our little apiary next time I go out and post them.

    Ron

    Ron
    Butterchurn<br /><br />Diplomacy is the art of saying \'Nice doggie\' until you can find a rock. <br /><br />Will Rogers

  6. #6
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    I touched up my new duragilt foundation that had spots of wax missing with melted beeswax applied with a small brush. I haven't used the frames with the touhed-up foundation yet, so I can't say it will work, but I see no reason why it wouldn't.
    Oyster<br />Concord, CA <br />San Francisco Bay Area

  7. #7
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    I have another name for duraguilt.....durashi#. Like the above replies....if it gets damaged you replace it! Rick

  8. #8
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    &gt;if it gets damaged you replace it!

    I just cut the entire bad spot out (plastic and all). I like duracomb or duragilt. No wiring. Good acceptance. Easy to work with. But once they take the wax off, that spot is hopeless.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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