Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?
I decided to not even bother with this "Housel posisitioning" for a number of reasons.
Originally Posted by Litsinger
1) I just do natural comb at 100% - they have choices and full control in the comb construction and management.
That is not my business.
In fact, IF the bees are really bothered by the comb for any reason, they WILL destroy it and rebuild it.
Natural comb makes it easier too - no foundation.
Also, it is very unpractical in a framed/barred hive to set one and the only original comb placement and never violate it - so the "Housel posisitioning" quickly goes out of the window.
2) Somehow this "Housel posisitioning" assumes the bees, given a chance, will build the comb in properly parallel ways - not the case.
This is only one common orientation; but erratic, non-parallel free combs are just about as common.
So then does the "Housel posisitioning" still apply?
And if YES, can someone demonstrate that?
I am yet to see such a demo.
3)The "Housel posisitioning" somehow assumes the colony life-cycle starts at the blank, pristine empty cavity.
Again, not the case - many times (if not most times), the colony will re-occupy a cavity with pre-existing combs from a dead out tree cavity/a trap/empty hive.
So, most often they will reuse the current structures as-is after some cleanup (Housel or no-Housel) and will get down to the business.
If the Housel thing was such a critical deal, most any moved-in structure would be initially destroyed down to the bones and rebuild from zero again - just not the case as we see routinely.
I feel natural comb frames are plenty good in this regard and don't worry of the other minutia.
At some point beekeepers' practical consideration also have some weight.
But, btw, did you see my post about "forget frames/forget bars" - regarding a free-comb nest block idea?
If concerned with Housel-type issues, I find the idea of "free-comb" block pretty practical and way, way better for the bees' well being than any artificial foundation regardless however "proper" it may be (and worth experimenting too).
Former "smoker boy". Classic, square 12 frame Dadants >> Long hive/Short frame/chemical-free experimentations.