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  1. #21
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    Default Re: Housel positioning - how to get it right?

    If I dump a swarm or something into a box of foundationless frames, will I get a mythical central comb? Perhaps I'll try it this year...

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    Default Re: Housel positioning - how to get it right?

    Only those who believe will see.
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    >Years ago, a commercial beekeeper in Scotland offered $10,000 to anyone sending him a central comb, or a photo of a central comb. Needless to say, a central comb hasn't materialized.

    That's the only thing I CAN find fairly consistently. Here's a picture if you would like one...
    http://www.bushfarms.com/images/Prim...arterStrip.JPG
    http://www.bushfarms.com/images/TypicalPrimaryComb.JPG

    But after that I can't find any pattern.
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    Default Re: Housel positioning - how to get it right?

    Quote Originally Posted by jim lyon View Post
    Only those who believe will see.
    9.8, 9.6, 9.8, 10.0

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Bush View Post
    That's the only thing I CAN find fairly consistently. Here's a picture if you would like one...
    Okay. Just how is that little bit of comb different than any other comb the bees would build afterward? If you really think you have something different and significant, you have a valuable little piece of wax. Claim the reward. I'll send you contact information to collect your $10,000.

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    Default Re: Housel positioning - how to get it right?

    When a swarm occupies a nest of any shape without foundation or strips, they start from one wall, never ever from the middle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jim lyon View Post
    Only those who believe will see.
    Right along the lines of 'you'll see it when you believe it'.
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    >Okay. Just how is that little bit of comb different than any other comb the bees would build afterward? If you really think you have something different and significant, you have a valuable little piece of wax. Claim the reward. I'll send you contact information to collect your $10,000.

    It's the first comb and 9 times out of 10 it is in that configuration of the "Y" sideways (looking the same from both sides). Or to put it another way, the "rows" of cells are running vertical rather than horizontal. This is what Housel describes as the "primary" comb. After that they are seldom exactly vertical. But neither are they running in any way that is predictable, in my observation. It's just the first comb that is somewhat predictable.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 42y 40h 39yTF

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    Default Re: Housel positioning - how to get it right?

    MB,

    I didn't really know what the picture was showing, but when I looked at it, I was confused cuz it didn't seem the Y's were up or down and now I get that's what it was showing.

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    Like that:
    Housel 1 ?.jpg
    Housel 4 ?.jpg
    Housel2 ? central.jpg

    Foundations are a treatment !?....

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    >Like that:

    Yes. Those are all with the rows running vertical like the primary comb.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 42y 40h 39yTF

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