Re: foundation size??
AUXCOM natural cell size does not equal small cell, unless they draw it 4.9 or smaller. If they decide to draw 5.2 you cant call that small cell, but it is natural cell.
Some scientific test have proven that small cell does not stop the varroa mite. But some people are showing different results with small cell beekeeping and useing survivor stock.
Foundationless beekeeping is pretty easy, as long as you give them some kind of a starter strip to help them get started. All I use is a paint stick no wax. I have never had a bad comb yet. Just make sure that you put the foundationless frames inbetween drawn comb or foundation, to keep them straight. Once they get going they will draw it out nicely and you can pull the frame of previosly drawn comb or foundation (whateever you used to get them going straight) out, and replace it with another foundationless frame.
If you start with small cell bees all you need is foundationless frames, and they will continue to draw small cells. But if you have large cell bees, you will need to regress them with some small cell foundation (most prefer Mann Lakes PF series). Then you can let them go foundationless from there.
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