I started adding small cell foundation (SCF) into a couple of hives this year as an experiment to see what would happen. I'm going to call our normal foundation large cell for this post. I did an inspection today and this is what I saw:
1.The queen has chosen to stop laying brood in all the large cell comb in the hive. I opened the brood nest this year with the SCF.
2.The lowest box is mostly large cell, and is completely filled with pollen (normal).
3.Everywhere the SCF was placed, brood was there. There was an entire deep of SCF added also.
4. The large cell on either side of the SCF contained honey, nectar, or pollen...no brood. Even if the SCF comb was the only one for a few frames.
5. I had noticed that the younger bees looked smaller from the entrance, so that's why I took a look to see what was going on.
These are just a few of the observations I can remember right now as I cool off. I'll add more as they come to mind.
I also started two new packages completely on SCF, and they are doing the best I've ever seen packages do. Granted we aren't in a drought here, but I've never had them take off like this before. Oh yeah, I run all deeps.