Re: 4.9 bees and 5.4 foundation
Ha Ha no need to worry about that, they will "unregress" even if you don't want them to. Part of my queen raising process, which is all done in 4.9 sized hives, is to hang a bit of foundation among brood for the queen to lay eggs in. By the time I use it the bees have normally added some more comb. If it's not drone, it will be 5.4 mm.
Originally Posted by Rusty Hills Farm
Wild bee nests have a variety of cell sizes they do not adhere to strict rules, well, they do, but not our rules. Generally though 4.9 is pretty small for them they'll prefer something bigger.
Interesting comment Dan about the extra brood disease in the small celled hives I've never heard that before. In my sc hives the brood is more patchy, but i've been putting that down to the bees being more hygeinic, although in truth, I have no idea why it's more patchy.
44 years, been commercial, outfits up to 4000 hives, now 120 hives and 200 nucs as a hobby, selling bees. T (mostly).