Re: I have a complaint!
3pages of replies & 600+ views since yesterday. I think you hit a mutual concern, one that older beeks know & us diaper dandies (to borrow a phrase)are learning fast.
I have posted a cpl of times asking how to ramp up the inventory of drawn frames. It's seems that when someone poses a question, instead of getting resolutions, there is a lot of comiserating without brainstorming.
So far the best resolution that I see is the swarm catch that is the wax drawing machine. Putting undrawn in strong hives. I hope to catch a lot of swarms this year & I'm spending a lot of time researching the strategies for higher success @ catching them.
Anybody have an opinion about spraying sugar water, HFCS, honey on undrawn frames to get the bees to accept & clean them & draw them out quicker? I have heard that it takes a 7:1 ratio of nectar to wax. What & how they are fed obviously will be key to rapid production.
I will be buying hives from my mentors estate, & I have considered buying extra drawn frames. I am hesitant b/c he treated for everything. I haven't seen any reason to think that there is harmful residue, though I want to be as certain as not to do more harm than good, so is there a way or need to "sterilize" frames from hives that have been medicated (formic acid, tylosin, fumigilin,etc.)??
Just trying to initiate brainstorming, necessity is the mother of innovation. Expansion, healthy, time efficient expansion takes planning. What say you?
Rmns 1:16/Prv.3:5,6/ Beegan BK May 09/ Zone 5b
I have NOT failed. I have only found many many ways that do not work!