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    How do you get bees to draw plastic foundation properly? I have had a lot of trouble in the brood chamber with the bees brace-combing both Dadant Plasticell and Pierco snap-in foundation. That was black foundation. The white medium pierco that I used in the supers the bees seem to draw fine. But the brood chamber...

    Also, any tips on getting the bees to draw the stuff at all?

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    Paint it with beeswax, spray it with sugar water, put it on in a honey flow or when feeding. Don't mix with other kinds of frames. Or, read the 300 frames thread and throw the stuff away.

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    >Paint it with beeswax, spray it with sugar water, put it on in a honey flow or when feeding. Don't mix with other kinds of frames. Or, read the 300 frames thread and throw the stuff away.

    Yes, all that and keep ten frames pushed together well in the center so they don't decide to draw combs in between. [img]smile.gif[/img] Also you can add some smell to the sugar water. HBH or lemongrass essential oil or wintergreen or peppermint.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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