Re: Is straight comb building a trait that can be selected for?
I am not sure about it being a selectable trait, or even if it would be a good thing to select for. How many other traits would we lose in the process? A lot of my bees are of more feral origin, and several of them have serious deficiencies in the straight comb building department, but score very highly for untreated survivability. I am willing to accept trimming wonky comb every now and then.
I do run mostly foundationless. It is just the price you pay for natural comb. Give them guides and hope for the best. I have one hive that almost always does a right angle every so often. Really irritating.
Last edited by Paul McCarty; 04-25-2013 at 10:39 AM.
NM desert/mountain beekeeper - Black Mesa Honeybees.