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  1. #1
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    Default Best time to get new frames drawn?

    Am I right in thinking that giving bees new frames during a flow in incredibly inefficient?
    Is there a better time to add completely undrawn supers?

    Thanks!

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    better for you is not always better for bees. they dont get very enthusiastic about drawing wax unless there is a flow or they are in swarm mode. good luck,mike
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirtslinger2 View Post
    Am I right in thinking that giving bees new frames during a flow in incredibly inefficient?
    The bees are comb drawing machines during a flow if they need the space. During a dearth they see no need for extra space so they shut down the comb drawing. When feeding bees 1:1 syrup and pollen patties in the spring you are trying to simulate a flow to trigger the bees into building up there numbers and space.

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    Drawn combs will get you more honey in a flow, but they won't draw combs if there isn't a flow of some kind. They have to NEED comb to build it.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Probably about 3 weeks after reproductive cutoff. White wax suddenly appears.
    Thanks for your time, Beehopper

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