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casinoken
06-26-2012, 10:00 PM
I have two strong hives started this year with nucs. I added the second brood box to each when they were 80% filled as suggested. (One hive got its second deep a week before the other). When the stronger of the two was ready for a super, I decided to put a Ross Rounds super on it, the other got a regular medium with plastic frames. No drawing in either after the first week, and then on today's inspection (2nd week since adding supers), the bees in the stronger of the two hives still have not touched the foundation in the Ross Rounds, while the other hive has started drawing comb, although slowly. Any suggestions or ideas?:s

schmism
06-26-2012, 10:29 PM
Ive always heard they hate ross rounds and will only draw them when absolutely necessarily in nothing but the strongest of flows.

06-27-2012, 04:19 AM
No nectar, no new comb! For more details on how to raise comb honey, Look for the late Richard Taylors books. He was the champ of Ross rounds!

Michael Bush
06-27-2012, 07:48 AM
Any kind of section comb honey requires a good flow and crowding the bees.

http://www.bushfarms.com/beessplits.htm#cutdown

Rusty67
06-27-2012, 08:14 AM
I usually put a bait comb--that is a piece of honey-filled comb cut to size--in the middle of either a round or square section box. This nearly always works for me if, like Michael says, you have a good strong hive and lots of nectar. That said, every now and then I find a hive with that "just say no" attitude. In that case, I just give them a regular super and forget it. No use knocking yourself out.

casinoken
06-27-2012, 01:22 PM
The girls are all over the Ross Rounds, they entered it as soon as iI put it on, they just don't seem to want to draw it, lol, oh well, gonna leave it on for now.

KQ6AR
06-27-2012, 05:05 PM
Some beekeepers take a strong double deep hive, & remove one of the deeps leaving the bees in a single deep when doing section comb.
Some remove the queen to a nuc when doing this to reduce the swarming erg.