Re: Start OH on foundation or with established comb/brood?
I'll take a stab at getting you an answer here.
Whether or not you use RiteCell or go Foundationless is a personal choice to begin with. The bees can make very beautiful comb in either case. IF you plan to watch them allot, you actually may want them to draw it on their own.
Using RiteCell foundation will keep the combs strong from the very start, but if you allow them to do it all the combs will be a little more fragile to begin with.
Starting your bees in a standard hive v/s in the OH to begin with.
Basically in my opinion it would be less stressful on the bees if your intentions is to have them in the OH permanently to put them there in the beginning.
I hope this helps you some..
Thomas Bartram - Since 2013, 43 - 8 F langs, 22 Italian & 21 Russian