Ok, I don't have experience and will take 75 percent of the issue, but my bees apparently don't like plastic foundation.
Bought this stuff last spring, and install 5 frames into building hives during the flow, in between frames of brood. Had bees build some small nickel to quarter sized patches of wax about 1/8 inch tall and then the bees left it along. Moved 2 frames into Nucs. one in each nuc, as there are interested in expanding. Nothing was built.
Read this spring that they needed to have fresh wax. So melted some wax and coated 5 sheets lightly. Added these and the ones I tried last year into different hives. Well one hive is partly using the stuff, both fresh melted and frames bees started on last year. But only build up the center of the foundation covering 1/2 of the frame at most and stopping. But they did lay eggs in it.
I assumed since they started on the stuff another hive would use it. So have been sort of checker boarding in frames with the plastic and moving the frames with eggs to other hives/nuc. It has been less than successful.
Placed one frame into a 5x5 nuc. No more expansion of more comb building. Capped the brood, emerged and filled it with honey in the middle of 4 frames of brood, plus started building out from the stuff with not quite attached drone brood.
Place another single frame in a 5 frame nuc. No more comb building, patch of brood emerged and stacked with honey.
Placed several frames into full sized hives from this one hive and 2 hives are laying brood on the plastic, but not expanding across the prior unused part of the frame much. One hive just filled with honey and capped the original drawn portion, seem to be ignoring the undrawn part.
Have a 3 stack 5 frame nuc that is exploding. Building about 4 or 5 frames of non-foundation comb a week. Pulling stuff like Wildman, setting up nucs and adding to hives. So added 2 partial drawn frames of plastic with brood to bottom box, with 3 frames of 90% drawn comb filled with brood. They capped the brood on the plastic with about 60% of frame drawn. 3 days later, I added another 2 frames of plastic, one partial drawn, one in middle box and one in top box, (all three boxes full of mostly brood). And slid a foundationless frame between the two plastic on the bottom. They have just skipped the top box's undrawn plastic, ignored it. They filled the second box plastic with honey after it emerged and are building the uglest drone comb across this piece. Cells are not normal sized, not even sized, with smaller and larger side by side, and they stuff is tilled. And they just filled the 2 bottom frames with honey and ignored the foudationless frame. So there is a huge empty spot in bottom box.
And now with all this space not available they went into supercede gear with at least 11 queen cells. Yanked out 2 frames in the top and dropped in foundationless. Bam 2 days they got frames of comb replacing it.
Plan to bust this thing into 3 nucs tomorrow if queens have not hatched.
But any ideas as to how to get these bees to use this stuff. I am assuming I am doing something wrong. Maybe should just use the one hive to drawn this stuff.