Re: Foundationless Brood boxes - Positives and Negatives
As everyone else has already mentioned, learning to keep your bees alive over winter should be your top priority. I run hybrid hives with plastic foundation in my medium supers and foundationless frames in the brood chambers. The concerns presented are the same as I have experienced. Chances are you will get at least one frame of nothing but drone comb. Its ok, they won't build it everywhere else and you can melt it down for wax later if you want. The queen will stop laying in it after swarm season has passed. I prefer this way because it is cheaper for me and it allows the bees to build the comb they want and not be constrained by my choice of foundation.
Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.