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  1. #1
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    Default I Thought Going Foundationless Was a Modern Idea!

    With some directions from my Uncle, I went back to Grandpa's farm to look for more of his bee equipment. It was where I was told, unfortunately the shed he kept it in collapsed several years ago on top of it. But there in the frozen snow and rotting wood was bee boxes and frames sticking up out of the mess. And guess what the first frame I pulled out was? A foundationless frame.

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    Seems like his apiary was cutting edge, 8 frame boxes, foundationless frames, Kelley type N slotted frames, basswood comb honey supers, and a drone trap.

    I really wish he was still here now so we could discuss this new hobby for me. I really have learned alot about him the past few weekends going thru this old stuff.

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    Default Re: I Thought Going Foundationless Was a Modern Idea!

    There is a window of opportunity where wisdom can be past on to enthusiasm. If you miss it it is a shame...
    Brian Cardinal
    Zone 5a, Practicing non-intervention beekeeping

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    Default Re: I Thought Going Foundationless Was a Modern Idea!

    Foundationless is a very old practice man started tinkering with the wax to make bigger bees in theroy to haul more nector. Many years ago beekeepers keep bees for the honey to use as sugar to cook and sweeten with you just couldnt run to walmart and grab a bag because sugar was a luxuary not a need. The bees were also needed for pollenation on the family farms and orchards. think of bee gums with sticks hanging in the top of them and crush and strain that is how long foundationless has been around.

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    Default Re: I Thought Going Foundationless Was a Modern Idea!

    He kept the colonies in the shed or just equipment ? Sounds like fun

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    Default Re: I Thought Going Foundationless Was a Modern Idea!

    Quote Originally Posted by Maryland Beekeeper View Post
    He kept the colonies in the shed or just equipment ? Sounds like fun
    The equipment was in the shed. His bee yard was located behind the shed for many years. Mom said he kept around 20 hives, sold the honey at his country store he ran from 1941 till 1985. When I was growing up, he only had 1 hive that I remembered, it was located in a barn where I found some other stuff a few weeks back. That hive produce comb honey for personal use as I was growing up. I was too young to work the bees with him, I did harvest the supers with him one time. That was all about 40 years ago.

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    Default Re: I Thought Going Foundationless Was a Modern Idea!

    Foundationless is not as old as top bar hives.
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    Default Re: I Thought Going Foundationless Was a Modern Idea!

    Neat post JD. Thanks for sharing.

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