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    Mine have been in two weeks, in several different hives, no laying yet, some not touched much at all, some have nectar pollen, ones swelled up fat with sugar syrup.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ifixoldhouses View Post
    Excellent. I've been using it for a couple of weeks. So far lots of stored sugar syrup (some capped) and pollen. No eggs or larva. FWIW, I notice you checkerboarded the bettercomb in one of your colonies. The instructions advise not to do that. It will be interesting to see how those frames do. Please keep us posted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ifixoldhouses View Post
    Awesome!

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    https://youtu.be/yhOHpE_enOE

    Frederick Dunn is trying this product out on a late-collected swarm this season. He will post updates, but I find it encouraging that the swarm immediately began bringing in pollen rather than expending their immediate energy on drawing out comb. So, I do suspect the top valid uses for the Better Comb are swarms & honey-bound hives...

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    Fred just posted his latest video on the synthetic comb. He caught a swarm on Aug. 4 and put it in a hive with several frames of the synthetic comb. To this date he showed all stages of brood and it seemed like the bees to a liking to it??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oneshoo View Post
    Fred just posted his latest video on the synthetic comb. He caught a swarm on Aug. 4 and put it in a hive with several frames of the synthetic comb. To this date he showed all stages of brood and it seemed like the bees to a liking to it??
    Here's a link to his video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74Ajg1chRqQ

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    I uploaded latest video, see the bettercomb inspection at about 17:00 - 20:00 sealed brood frame

    https://youtu.be/Mqm9fUka3DA
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    Quote Originally Posted by ifixoldhouses View Post
    I uploaded latest video, see the bettercomb inspection at about 17:00 - 20:00 sealed brood frame

    https://youtu.be/Mqm9fUka3DA
    That's great..so far, so good!

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    Quote Originally Posted by shannonswyatt View Post
    I think that these may be good for a first year beek with packages. Go in with a person or two and put in two or three frames per package. Since they don't have any drawn comb it would make sense, and the difference in a package that is given a little drawn comb can be significant, at least that is what I have seen. That and late splits if you are out of drawn comb but have hives to split. It is hard to get bees to draw comb after the solstice, this could be the ticket if you have no other resource. As far as the cost it doesn't seem crazy expensive, $8.50 a frame (with the frame). I doubt I could get clean drawn comb from anyone for $8.50.

    If I lived in an area with a longer flow it would be a different story, but in my neck of the woods we get our primary flow in mid May to the end of May, and with a little luck we see a minor flow through June, enough to keep them from going robbing crazy. Our last frost is mid April, and folks getting packages can get them around the 1st of April. It isn't uncommon for a late frost to take out stuff in early May. Fall flow is fickle, lots of year it is a wash out. So there really isn't much of a window to get a chance to get a surplus when you have 60 days to get a hive going prior to the end of the flow.

    I would rather see a new beekeeper have success their first year, this may be the difference between getting a little honey or getting none.
    This^ I will be starting my first hives spring of "20" and this is my plan for starting with packages.

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    I believe it's back in stock, I got a shipment of it coming Wednesday
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    Amen!

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    I had alot of bettercomb melt and sag, made huge cells. I had formic pro on em for 2 weeks with bottom boards installed, it has been 90+ here lately. I just received another box of it, doubt I buy anymore.
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    You should post pictures so other will know what can happen. Were these empty comb or did they have brood/stores in them? Are.the hives (bees) otherwise OK?
    Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.

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    just honey in them, they sag down with the weight, when it's hot, and the middle bulges out, and stretches all the cells huge, may get a picture next week.
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    Hmm. Might be interesting to know what the melting point of the synthetic wax really is, or at least the temperature at which it begins to lose structural integrity. May turn out to be a product better suited for northern beeks or for use in the brood nest only.
    Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ifixoldhouses View Post
    just honey in them, they sag down with the weight, when it's hot, and the middle bulges out, and stretches all the cells huge, may get a picture next week.
    I would also send the pictures of them to betterbee. If they know they have a potential problem they are more likely to fix it then if they do not know about it.

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    I had bought 10 of the bettercomb and betterframes, although I was a little skeptical of the toothpicks being strong enough it would appear on several of the combs that the frames sagged. In one hive I placed three (3) frames in the center of the brood box and they did lay in one frame but the other two (2) got honey. I went through this weekend and "re-centered" the brood nest putting the honey frames on the outside.

    As you can see in the photos the comb certainly did melt in the middle and sagged down. This caused it to bulge out at the bottom causing a channel on the other side. Then they built drone comb in the available space on top and on the bulge on the other side. I installed the comb in early august and live in south west Connecticut. The high temperature since install was 89 degrees.

    The bulge creates a small valley that is hard to inspect. I will probably cull any of the damaged better comb next year as it makes inspection difficult. Then I will have bettercandles.

    As a tool it probably has its place, with an early season package maybe the bees will "harden" up the frames enough before summer time. I almost bought some more last month but thankfully they were back ordered. IMG_6771.jpgIMG_6772.jpgIMG_6773.jpgIMG_6774.jpgIMG_6775.jpg

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    pic #5 looks like the ones I saw in my hives.
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