Often people ask whether it's possible to get combs drawn at any time, rather than when the bees want to - and they're usually told that this isn't possible. Well - I'm currently working on a system for doing just that.
Last Wednesday I checked the appropriate experimental hive and was greeted by slabs of 'wall-to-wall' brood, and now wish I'd taken some photographs right then - but I didn't. So today (Monday) I went back to that hive, armed with a camera - but during the last few days a sizeable chunk of those bees has emerged ... but I took a photo of them anyway.
These were bare frames just 3 weeks ago, and as you can see, 100% worker comb has been drawn, which of course is very important to me as a foundationless beekeeper.
I now need to develop a continuous 'conveyor belt' type of system, where bare frames are introduced (say) every four or five days at one end, with 19-day old brood being removed ready for insertion into nucs at the other. So - there's still quite a lot to do before going public, but thought some of you might be interested to see what this old fart gets up to while the rest of you guys go off to work each day.