Re: Experiment 2012/13 - Acquiring drawn comb
Walt, I love your experiments, very detailed. I have also been running some regarding your CB technique as well as simply monitoring the amount of new drawn comb (critical for somebody expanding or just attempting to keep up).
First weather: breaking records for heat and end of winter. Blackberries are in bloom here, my logs put them a solid 4 weeks early. That is our last flow of the summer and summer has not yet arrived.
Swarm season was also about 4 weeks ahead and I put two in the trees (April 25th and April 27th) and captured them both. One drew 9 frames (I added a drawn to anchor them) in about a week. I was shocked. Second is just now getting to 10 frames in 4 weeks, (all on wax foundation)
Of my overwintered nucs, two have now filled a double deep and has started a shallow, and a third has just started a second deep (all on wax foundation).
The CB hive (no pollen box) did not swarm and although it had constant activity it did not build as expected. It may have superseded rather than swarmed. It has a medium drawn that it has not touched, still filling in the CB shallows.
I think it is obvious that the weather has played havoc on my experiments, but I wanted to document my records for drawing comb to this spring. I label every frame I build and document each box I put in the field in an excel spread sheet but this post is already too long.
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