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  1. #1
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    Default plastic foundation

    my Italian Bees will not build out cells on my all plastic frames & Foundation. Any suggestions on how to get the bees to use them?

  2. #2
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    Default Re: plastic foundation

    Take a small block of beeswax and rub it into the plastic, giving it a coating of sorts. then the bees will take to it much better.

  3. #3
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    Default Re: plastic foundation

    I don't know Ray, might have to rub some pasta on it instead.
    Regards, Barry

  4. #4
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    Default Re: plastic foundation

    Thanks, Ray. I will try it.

  5. #5
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    Default Re: plastic foundation

    Welcome Hank! Feed them sugar syrup. Light syrup 1:2 initiates comb production better that thick, which is stored.
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    beekeeper@americasbeekeeper.com

  6. #6
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    Default Re: plastic foundation

    Thanks, I will try it

  7. #7
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    Default Re: plastic foundation

    Here are some documents that may shed some light on this issue. Photos
    48 years - 50 hives - TF
    Joseph Clemens -- Website Under Constructioni

  8. #8
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    Default Re: plastic foundation

    Quote Originally Posted by Barry View Post
    I don't know Ray, might have to rub some pasta on it instead.
    Oh Barry, I'd be eating the pasta, it's too good to be giving to the bees.

  9. #9
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    Default Re: plastic foundation

    ....we are also in leominster and would be happy to help....right now we are in Florida, but will be back the end of next week. Feel free to send a pm.

    Deknow

  10. #10
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    Default Re: plastic foundation

    I melt beeswax in an old crock pot and roll it on the plastic frames with a small foam paint roller. Bees work it hard after that.
    Raising Vermont Bees one mistake at a time.
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