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  1. #1
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    Default How to get most drawn comb in a season?

    What's the most efficient way to get a colony to draw a lot comb? I realize that comb, building is most intense at the beginning of a season and then tapers off. Is it a matter of having the right amount of bees? I can feed throughout the whole season, shake bees from other colonies, add frames of brood if needed. Or vice versa, I can take out frames/brood/bees. Would replacing open brood with capped brood help? I can dedicate a yard for this and I'm not looking for honey production from those colonies.

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    Default Re: How to get most drawn comb in a season?

    Make splits and feed them generously. Bees getting established have to be big builders and are.

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    Default Re: How to get most drawn comb in a season?

    Quote Originally Posted by Vance G View Post
    Make splits and feed them generously. Bees getting established have to be big builders and are.
    Thanks Vance.
    Would you recommend strong splits ( 5 frames ) or completely nuc a colony ( 2 frame splits )?

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    Default Re: How to get most drawn comb in a season?

    Learn how to build large hive populations.

    Crazy Roland

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    Default Re: How to get most drawn comb in a season?

    Mel the mad splitter guy has some good info on his website on getting combs drawn.

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