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    Default green drone comb frames for medium boxes?

    hey all,

    as some of you may know, pierco makes a green drone comb frame for deep boxes to help with varroa control. http://www.pierco.net/products_dronecomb.htm

    my question: does anyone know if a similar product exists for medium boxes?

    thanks,
    beeme13

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    Default Re: green drone comb frames for medium boxes?

    You could use a hack saw, and cut it down yourself...

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    Default Re: green drone comb frames for medium boxes?

    Hacksaw would drive you crazy, trust me been doing plumbing this morning No matter how hard you try the cut will not be straight.
    I have heard a table saw set to the right width would work. That is what I would do.

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    Default Re: green drone comb frames for medium boxes?

    run them through your table saw - cuts them nice and fast there doesnt need to be a bottom bar on then since they are 100% plastic

    good luck to your hives - remember to put the green frames 14 days after the queen lays in them - or you might have more mites then bees !!!!
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    Default Re: green drone comb frames for medium boxes?

    what would be the harm in letting bees draw deep drone foundation in 2 medium bodies. They will just draw out the plastic foundation and where it ends, they will go down on their own until they reach critical bee space. So basically you'll have 1.5 deep drone foundation spanning two medium bodies. No cutting required. Just thinking inside the black box.
    Last edited by AramF; 03-01-2011 at 02:20 PM. Reason: spelling

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    Default Re: green drone comb frames for medium boxes?

    nice idea aramf! i'll let you know how it works this spring.

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    Default Re: green drone comb frames for medium boxes?

    If you use foundation you can also put a shallow frame in your medium box and they will (usually) build a layer of foundationless drone on the bottom of the frame - then you can just peel it off with your hive tool. Wastes a little bit of comb, but if you don't have drone frames...

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    Default Re: green drone comb frames for medium boxes?

    Quote Originally Posted by beeme13 View Post
    hey all,

    as some of you may know, pierco makes a green drone comb frame for deep boxes to help with varroa control. http://www.pierco.net/products_dronecomb.htm

    my question: does anyone know if a similar product exists for medium boxes?

    thanks,
    beeme13
    Wow was I on the wrong train. When I first read your post I was thinking Med=honey super but I guess you are useing them as hive bodies.Use a table saw. Jim
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    Default Re: green drone comb frames for medium boxes?

    yeah, i'm doing 8-frame all mediums

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    Default Re: green drone comb frames for medium boxes?

    If you cut down deep plastic drone frames, would it help to reverse the blade on the table saw to get a better cut, similar to cutting vinyl siding with the reverse blade? John

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    Default Re: green drone comb frames for medium boxes?

    You can cut them down, but I wouldn't. You can put empty frames in and if there is not enough drone comb they will build it all drone. You can buy the wax drone foundation and cut it down. I'd use empty frames in the brood nest.
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    Default Re: green drone comb frames for medium boxes?

    I like Randy's design, with narrow strip, that bees use for honey storage only, and drones comb bellow, just completed 50 deeps last week with only 1 1/4" of exposed plastic. Cheaper than store bought.

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    Default Re: green drone comb frames for medium boxes?

    Putting the frame in 2 mediums would be a disaster! What happens when you want to work the bottom box? How would you set the drone comb out if there is fragile wax with tons of drones on the bottom.
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