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  1. #1
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    Default Should I ditch the plastic foundation?

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    Hello,

    Looking for a little advice on what to do with this foundation. I just added a deep hive body full of Pierco foundation and as you can see from the pictures, the bees are not drawing it. I did spray it with sugar water before adding it to the hive. It does look like they were pulling it correctly down at the bottom.

    I have another hive set up the same way and they have just begun to pull at the very bottom and it is being pulled correctly.
    Last edited by christopherl; 06-02-2013 at 07:44 PM. Reason: Picture not uploaded correctly

  2. #2
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    Feb 2012
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    DesAllemands, Lousiana
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    Default Re: Should I ditch the plastic foundation?

    Swap out one or two brood frames from the bottom deep and put them in the middle of the second deep. It will get them on the right track.

  3. #3
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    Cookeville, TN, USA
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    Default Re: Should I ditch the plastic foundation?

    That just happens sometimes - scrape it off and give it back. I love plastic foundation. Try scraping off and giving back wax.

  4. #4
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    Endeavor,Wi
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    Default Re: Should I ditch the plastic foundation?

    We prime are plastic foundations with bee's wax and that works good for us. We did run out of bee's wax on one of are hives and they built comb like yours. So from now on we will prime all are plastic frames and foundations.

  5. #5
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    May 2012
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    Knox, Pa. USA
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    Default Re: Should I ditch the plastic foundation?

    that happens with all types of frames from time to time even foundationless. scrape it off and give them another shot. I do not have pierce frames. but the ones I use come already waxed. if your are not do as Dave said. and paint some wax on them. However since they have already begun to draw on them I think they will be fine.

  6. #6
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    Jun 2011
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    Bardstown, KY, USA
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    Default Re: Should I ditch the plastic foundation?

    I'm glad to hear people having success with plastic foundation. I am phasing mine out. I believe my problem was I didn't have a method of coating them with wax when they would get hot (in storage) and loose their wax coatings....
    Grandchildren are the best.... Bees a close second....

  7. #7
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    Apr 2013
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    Endeavor,Wi
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    Default Re: Should I ditch the plastic foundation?

    This is are first year and we were told the day before you put the plastic frames in to melt some wax and paint it on with a brush do this even tho they already have wax on them. It made a world of difference between the ones we did and the one that we ran short on. But we only have five hives to do also.

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