Re: Foundationless - 100% Drone Comb - Bush Method
That was my experience, too, when I tried the method a few years ago.
Originally Posted by gman1001
My goal is honey production. Our one and only flow comes early in my area. Consequently, I want to maximize worker brood production early.
While "opening" the brood nest by inserting empty foundationless frames into the center of the nest was an easy and effective swarm control technique, it resulted in lots of drone brood. Lots and lots of drone brood! The method, while effective at swarm control, didn't align with my beekeeping goals.
JMHO & YMMV
(1975-1980, and now since 2011; maintain about 10 hives; Zone 5b; 15" rain; 5500')