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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
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    Silverado, CA
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    Default Cut comb super ?

    Hi there,
    I have a nice hive that I got from a cut out. I live in Chaparral. I have two deeps going well. I added a cut comb shallow super. Last week,I inspected it, and they are now starting to draw comb(after I removed the QX).
    So, the rain has stopped, black sage is starting to falter, with no new large nectar flow coming.
    Should I pull the shallow thin surplus foundation super and put a medium in, or just see what happens?
    I thank you for your response. I have been reading this forum for over one year, and have learned so much!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Orlando, FL
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    I've only done cut comb for 2 seasons, so temper my opinion with that limited experience.

    In my experience though, if there was not a good nectar flow going on the bees will chew holes in that nice thin surplus and then if a flow develops later they will draw it out without a guide, leaving it not as pretty.

    My second season I had a hive not finish the super during the flow and so I took it off and saved it in the freezer until this spring and put it back on.
    Troy

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
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    Erin, NY /Florence SC
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    Much depends on the nectar flow in your area. If you have a solid flow, preferably of a light, slow crystalizing honey upcoming in the next 2 or 3 weeks, I'd leave the cut comb super on. I would use a queen excluder since you don't want brood in the comb honey. If you do not have a traditionally strong flow on the horizon I'd remove it since bees tend to chew up thin surplus foundation and make travel stains if comb building is slow.

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