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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
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    Moyock NC USA
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    Default Starter Strip on top, what about the bottom?

    Hello folks I have a couple of questions. I want to go foundation less on an 8 frame English garden hive, I bought the frames with the groove on the top and bottom, I put the starter strip in the top groove but there is also a groove on the bottom. should I put a strip there also? I have also read on various bee forms that you can or should use fishing line in the frame holes to add stability to the comb especially on deep frames. I would greatly appreciate any input on the best way to go foundation less.

  2. #2
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    Sep 2007
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    JACKSON OHIO
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    Default Re: Starter Strip on top, what about the bottom?

    top only on the starter strip the bees will build down just make sure your hive is level side to side, back to front can be high for water drainage. fishing line will work but not needed

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
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    Lyons, CO
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    Default Re: Starter Strip on top, what about the bottom?

    As Wadehump said, they'll draw top-down. And unless you're planning on extracting (which you're probably not, given the garden hive and foundationless), the reinforcers really aren't important.
    Bees, brews and fun
    in Lyons, CO

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
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    Warrior, Alabama
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    Default Re: Starter Strip on top, what about the bottom?

    On a deep, the support wire through the holes is a good idea.
    Old Guy in Alabama

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