Re: I have a complaint!
Maybe not everyone is in an area where they can build up drawn comb as early in the season as you, and maybe they need two full deeps for brood boxes in their colder winters.
Originally Posted by Growing Boy
Last year I got two nucs from GA at the end of April, fed them syrup until they stopped taking it (which was about two weeks later, once the nectar started they totally ignored my syrup). It then took them til end of May to fill the 10 frame deep, til mid July to fill the second deep, and then by August they started to build on the foundation in the honey super I put on, but trailed off on comb building even though they were raising lots of brood and storing honey in the brood boxes too. Then it got chilly in Sept so i removed the super and stored it for the next year, not wanting to leave it on top of the hive half empty for the winter. Thus, they both went from their 5 frame nuc to a 20 frame full vigorous hive for winter...but still no 'extra' drawn frames to be had.
A year later I do now have some extra comb frames, but I no longer need to be told that it's good to have them by my beginner book. ;D
I think most beginners simply don't get any extra frames of comb drawn during their first year. Others are lucky and also have longer seasons.
The little bee returns with evening's gloom,
To join her comrades in the braided hive... -Tennyson