Re: Foundation plastic or wax ?
I say use what you feel is best and what you're comfortable with. For me, I hate plastic. I think that it ultimately is a contaminant of sorts. That said, it's all around us and if you as a beekeper is comfortable with using it then you're probably going to be a better beekeeper for it. I love wood and wax so that's what I use. I have found that mixed foundation in a hive gets pulled at different rates with wax typically (but not always) getting drawn out first and the the plastic. Comb is different. When I used plastic foundation, I had the best success when I put plastic foundation into a hive that had already drawn comb on wax. I used to have boxes where the wax was drawn out but not the plastic and then the colony got tight so I added a box of wax and they went up and still ignored the plastic. Re-coating it with wax helped but it seemed too much work for me.
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