Re: Experiment 2012/13 - Acquiring drawn comb
pretty much the same down here walt. there is some bright yellow pollen coming in during the first few hours of the day, but after that i think water is about all they are foraging.
interesting that you mentioned the brood break. i think saw this happen in my strongest (by numbers and production) colony that superceded in late april rather than swarm. i thought this colony was queenless a couple of weeks ago as there was nothing but a little capped brood and i could not find the queen, but it may be as you observed in your hive. i'll be checking this one carefully next week.
very cool idea about using two hives to get enough comb drawn and then combine. looks like you save a whole year and reach full establishment for the second season. i found a similar result when recycling frames of drawn comb from winter losses last year into my second year hives.
i can see why some will say that drawn comb is the most valuable resource. for our area, it looks like there is less than two months per season that you can get it drawn when relying on natural forage only.
beekeeping since june 2010, +/- 20 hives, tf