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  1. #1
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    Default Do some people feed for 10 days to get their foundation drawn on the honey super?

    I am not able to put a super on this year, but was wondering about the next. With a strong enough flow, do the bees naturally draw out the comb in the supers (with some 1:1 sprayed on the frames) or do you have to feed for a short time to get it drawn and then pull the feed? I have nothing for a bait in the way of drawn foundation because I have deeps and the supers are mediums. Thanks for any guidance!

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    Default Re: Do some people feed for 10 days to get their foundation drawn on the honey super?

    With a strong enough flow you do not have to feed syrup. To bait them up in your situation, here is what I have done. I pull out one frame in the center of the super. I pull out a frame in the center of the deep. I stack the two boxes, and put the deep frame into the top super so that it hangs partially down into the deep in the slot that is open in the center. The bees get a ladder up and start drawing in the super very well that way. Once they have a couple combs in the super drawn, then I remove that deep frame, cut off the comb hanging off the bottom of the bottom bar, and tie it into a super frame, put the deep back where it goes into the bottom and stack the super back on. Works for me, you might want to give it a try.
    “When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” – John Muir

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    Default Re: Do some people feed for 10 days to get their foundation drawn on the honey super?

    A strong hive in a good flow climb right up into foundation filled supers. I often drawn out next years brood comb on this years honey flow.

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    Default Re: Do some people feed for 10 days to get their foundation drawn on the honey super?

    >I am not able to put a super on this year, but was wondering about the next. With a strong enough flow, do the bees naturally draw out the comb in the supers (with some 1:1 sprayed on the frames) or do you have to feed for a short time to get it drawn and then pull the feed? I have nothing for a bait in the way of drawn foundation because I have deeps and the supers are mediums.

    Bees make wax and draw comb when they have a stomach full of nectar and no where to store it. This happens in a flow anytime they run out of drawn empty comb. It's a waste of money to feed them in a flow. It's a waste of work to feed them in a flow. It's a waste of good honey that gets syrup in it, to feed them in a flow. No need to spray anything on the frames unless it's brand new plastic. Then it might serve some purpose... although I still wouldn't do it...
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: Do some people feed for 10 days to get their foundation drawn on the honey super?

    Thanks for all the great posts!

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