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  1. #1
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    Default Bees slow to draw comb?

    I bought two nuc's in early April. One was a strong nuc, the other was weaker. After a couple weeks I took a brood frame from the stronger hive and added it to the weaker hive. Now both hives seem strong, however, neither is drawing new comb very well. I have kept feeders on both hives, and they are taking the feed very quickly, just not building much comb. I'm worried that they will become "honey bound" by placing all the feed in the comb they have. Any suggestions?

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Bees slow to draw comb?

    What kind of frames are ya using? Plastic or wooden?

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Bees slow to draw comb?

    I'm using Pierco waxed plastic frames with added wax.

  4. #4
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    Default Re: Bees slow to draw comb?

    Thats one reason. I have use them also and they seem as if they dont wanna draw it out on plastic. What I did to get them to draw it out fast was to spray them with sugar water. Good luck. I dont use foundation anymore.

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    Default Re: Bees slow to draw comb?

    I added a coating of beeswax as well as sprayed with syrup, doesn't seem to make much difference. They are taking so much syrup, I'm just worried they will get honey bound.

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    Default Re: Bees slow to draw comb?

    Top bar it... let em run loose on drawing their own comb...

  7. #7
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    Default Re: Bees slow to draw comb?

    Use sugar syrup sprayed on the foundation, but the way I do it is lay the frames on their sides in my basement on a tarp, then spray them good and let the syrup dry, then do the other side. They will have to work harder to get the sticky syrup off, and in the process be more inclined to start drawing comb. Of course if there is not a good nectar flow going they won't draw anything. John

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