Re: Treatment Free Commercial Beekeepers?
Does anyone have any info on how or why wax builders effect swarm impulse.
How do you influence the population of wax builders in the colony?
I have had claims made that bees will not draw foundation in late winter early spring. Yet at the very same time I had 4 colonies all drawing plastic foundation. I was relying on where I placed the fraems which I have observed makes a difference. But I have never heard of influencing wax maker population or that it effects swarm impulse.
I have read that expanding the brood nest prevents swarming and that wax makers woudl be required to draw new comb if old brood comb was not available. but that info specifically stated that brood nest expansion in late winter early spring cannot be accomplished with foundation alone. Somebody forgot to tell my bees about that though.
In all I am wondering if I influenced wax maker population without knowing it. Because my bees where drawing foundation since the end of January. The colony so far is 3 deeps and a med tall and at last inspection the brood nest was still expanding. No sign of a queen cup anywhere and only light foraging going on.
Everything gets darker, as it goes to where there is less light. Darrel Tank (5PM drawing instructor)