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  1. #21
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    Default Re: "need" to draw wax?

    Here's another current thread saying they are only seeing Drone comb being built in the brood nest with empty frames:
    http://www.beesource.com/forums/show...-on-new-frames

  2. #22
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    Indianapolis IN 46227
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    Default Re: "need" to draw wax?

    I started 25 5 frame nucs 6 weeks ago. The foundationless frames I put in the center of the brood nest were drawn perfectly. 2 Frames on the outer edges were drawn as drone comb. They are now 75% complete building out the second deep and it is almost all perfect worker cell.
    M Bush writes about this on his site. My findings agree with his that bees will draw some drone comb but then go on to make great worker cell comb. I think bees just like more drones around than we do.
    As an experiment, I removed the drone combs from a a couple of hives. They built it back!

  3. #23
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    Default Re: "need" to draw wax?

    So Don, just to be clear, were the frames in the Nucs started like this?

    E B E B E

    Then when you added the second Nuc box, did you move any frames up?

    Thanks
    Matthew Davey

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