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  1. #1
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    Default Rookie going foundationless

    Ok, so I bought the Walter Kelley Foundationless frames with the wooden comb guide at the top. Am I correct in assuming that with level hives I only have to correct crooked comb that the bees draw out? No wax or popsicle sticks, correct?

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    Default Re: Rookie going foundationless

    Quote Originally Posted by wholesomedirt View Post
    Ok, so I bought the Walter Kelley Foundationless frames with the wooden comb guide at the top. Am I correct in assuming that with level hives I only have to correct crooked comb that the bees draw out? No wax or popsicle sticks, correct?
    That is correct,

    I have used the Kelly Foundationless frames. My bees did fine on them. Foundationless works well in the brood chamber.

    Shane

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    Default Re: Rookie going foundationless

    Paint the boxes a light color and don't let them get too hot.
    I've had foundationless frames on the outside positions collapse from the weight of the honey.
    These are deep frames that had no reinforcing cross wires.

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    Default Re: Rookie going foundationless

    Quote Originally Posted by wholesomedirt View Post
    Ok, so I bought the Walter Kelley Foundationless frames with the wooden comb guide at the top. Am I correct in assuming that with level hives I only have to correct crooked comb that the bees draw out? No wax or popsicle sticks, correct?
    Make sure to keep the frames pressed against each other. Do not leave spaces between the frames, as that will encourage cross comb. You may still have some squirrelly comb during the year, so you may need to occasionally correct some cross comb during the year.

    I started foundationless last year, and really enjoyed seeing the girls' handywork.

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    Default Re: Rookie going foundationless

    So I cut the cross comb and gently guide it back straight or remove it altogether?

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    Default Re: Rookie going foundationless

    Quote Originally Posted by wholesomedirt View Post
    So I cut the cross comb and gently guide it back straight or remove it altogether?
    Cut it and guide it back...they'll pick up where you left off.
    Try it. What could happen?

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    Default Re: Rookie going foundationless

    >Am I correct in assuming that with level hives I only have to correct crooked comb that the bees draw out? No wax or popsicle sticks, correct?

    Yes. Use rubber bands to hold comb in the frames straight if you have to cut it and straighten it.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: Rookie going foundationless

    And remember to pay attention to the orientation of the comb if you cut anything out and have to lay it down for any reason. Comb does have an up and a down, and if you stick it back in upside down or sideways, thats not a good thing.
    Beekeeper since 2013. Read my bee blog at:
    http://harrisonbayhoney.blogspot.com

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    Default Re: Rookie going foundationless

    Quote Originally Posted by wholesomedirt View Post
    So I cut the cross comb and gently guide it back straight or remove it altogether?
    Some were so knarly that I cut them out and rubber-banded them onto a frame, in some cases a different frame from where I cut them.

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