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    Default foundationless?

    I am trying to be completely foundationless and putting foundationless between full brood frames in the broodnest has worked well for me. As yet I do not have very much SC drawn comb for the supers. This was an extremely hot dry summer here. (very unusual for here) My bees started out in early summer drawing comb and bringing in lots of nectar and pollen, but as it got drier and drier the comb drawing slowed down and very little comb got made. I do have a brook nearby and my bees make good use of it. I have no honey harvest because I need to leave it for the bees, that is ok. But some hives are still very light and may not have enough for the long winter here. So far no hard frosts. All are good strong hives with lots of bees and a good number of frames of brood in each. I will feed if I have to. I have never experienced such a short supply of honey.

    My questions are: Should I have used my LC comb in the supers with a queen excluder?
    Did I expect too much during such a hot dry summer?

    Donna
    Nova Scotia

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    Default Re: foundationless?

    You have a flow now? You can use large cell over an excluder if you don't mind using an excluder. I don't use an excluder.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: foundationless?

    I don't like to use excluders, but i don't want the queen getting into the large comb, so decided to give it a try. will see what happens.
    Yes, we still have a goldenrod flow going on so I am hoping they will still collect enough for winter stores. We have had some rain and the frost is holding off.
    Michael, What do you use in your supers? foundationless only? I am thinking I should buy some 4.9 foundation for next year to use in combination with foundationless in my supers, but then there is also the issue of no clean wax, and will they even draw better anyway this way. Appreciate Your advice please?

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