Re: Here's a crazy idea to save on foundation cost?!?
So you want speed! Time is money and that jazz. Foundationless will outdraw any other foundation out there. The first 2 hives I tried going all foundationless was May 2011 of those 2 hives I split into 4 hives in June of the same year. This year being June again I have split those 4 into 8 more Keeping the same 2 original hives in single deeps to build up again. 10 strong hives in a year. Now if all goes as last year everybody will be ready for winter and I'll still be able to steal some honey from them. I do have a couple of week hives those that I insist on leaving plastic in though I don't know why. Plastic is way to slow and the bees just don't like. They will use it if that's all they've got but they have attitude problems with it. "It's plastic! I'll draw it out when I feel like it! Right now I'm busy looking for vacant tree so I can move!"
"How do you expect to get by in life if you're not precision!"