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  1. #1
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    Default Putting wax into frames

    Will bees make straight comb on wax that has been cut to about 1/3 the width of the frame? I am wondering if they will make it on the wax, and then build to the bottom evenly, or will it be all askew?: :

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    Default Re: Putting wax into frames

    They will do what ever they feel like that day. I would use the proper sized foundation.

    Crazy Roland

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    Default Re: Putting wax into frames

    You say width, do you mean 1/3 from top to bottom or 1/3 from side to side? A lot of people put a strip across the top, the bees usualy build it out straight. But they have a mind of their own they do what they want from time to time instead what makes sense.
    All beekeepers can agree on one thing, and that one thing is, that all beekeepers can't agree on one thing.

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    Default Re: Putting wax into frames

    A starter strip helps them out. Sometimes nothing at all works fine. Sometimes not. Level hives help too. When I'm not using straight and even foundation I check early and often and remove comb that they start to build wonky.
    "My wife always wanted girls. Just not thousands and thousands of them......"

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    Default Re: Putting wax into frames

    >Will bees make straight comb on wax that has been cut to about 1/3 the width of the frame?

    Sometimes they don't build straight comb on full sheets...

    When I was using wired foundation mine looked like this:
    http://www.bushfarms.com/images/Foundation49.jpg

    You can not use foundation at all:
    http://www.bushfarms.com/beesfoundationless.htm

    Or cut the strips as small as 3/4" or less:
    http://www.bushfarms.com/images/Prim...arterStrip.JPG
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: Putting wax into frames

    1/3 from top to bottom.

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    Default Re: Putting wax into frames

    By "wax", do you mean beeswax, beeswax foundation?
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