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  1. Bee Forum
    Good morning all! 2 questions... 1. After my second winter has been a disaster, losing 5 of 6 hives to what appears to be a mixture of mite and moisture issues, I am considering something different. I am looking at the possibility of going foundationless in the brood boxes and foundation in...
  2. Treatment-Free Beekeeping
    I am living in Ava Missouri, near the center of town and the bee tree is less than 50 yard from my back door. It was about 3 years ago that I saw the first swarm come out of this tree and not knowing anything about bees I called a beekeeper to come and get them. I just happened to be home when...
  3. Beekeeping 101
    I am new to beekeeping and have a Drebbieville AZ hive. I am planning on going foundationless, using waxed-in tongue depressors in my frames as a guide. I was going to get just a box of bees and a queen rather than a nuc to avoid the foundation. I've read quite a lot but just wanted to see if...
  4. Where To Buy . . .
    In the past, the overall cheapest/laziest frame option for my purposes has been the Walter T. Kelley F-style foundationless frames. I was about to buy 1000 more to assemble this winter, but that product--along with some of their other frames--has been removed from their website, with no...
  5. Bee Forum
    I started a few hives from nucs this spring and am experimenting with foundationless frames. About half the frames in my hives are foundationless, the rest are plastic foundation. The bees are drawing out the foundationless frames fantastically and, as expected, making a fair amount of drone...
  6. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    I went on vacation for two weeks, came home, and a swarm moved into an unoccupied Langstroth hive, which contained 10 frames without foundation. I opened the hive and the bees are doing great, they are drawing comb like crazy, but everything is interconnected with cross comb. It appears that...
  7. Bee Forum
    A few weeks ago I took a honey frame from a colony and put it in the freezer to give it back to them at a later time. This was a foundationless frame. It appears the comb contracted as the comb completely separated from the frame. Yesterday I decided to wire the comb to a frame to give it...
  8. Bee Forum
    I'm a newbie who just got started with his first two nucs. @michaelbush sold me on the whole medium boxes full of foundationless frames idea, so I'm in the process of converting from the plastic deeps the bees came on to natural mediums. Alright, so there's the setup, here's the problem: One...
  9. Equipment/Hardware
    Hi all! Sorry if this is the wrong sub forum. I have a hive that had a lovely colony in it, until it was gutted by a bear. The hive has been shielded from weather over the winter, but the left over comb bits have developed mold on them. I've scraped off a good deal, but the plastic foundations...
  10. Diseases and Pests
    I did my first sugar Roll over the weekend and decided to treat my hive for the first time. Up to this point I had not seen any mites, zero, on my sticky board! The sugar roll however showed seven mites per 3/4 cup of bees. Given the temperatures here in Central PA are way over the 90F's...
  11. Bee Forum
    Newbie with 2 first year hives. We started with Mann Lake kits that included frames with plastic Rite Cell foundation. As we've been reading more, we are considering moving toward foundationless. Also, when we are able to extract honey from the hives we think we prefer harvesting comb honey over...
  12. Bee Forum
    I have some deep brood frames that are already cross-wired. I plan to remove the old comb and try using them as foundationless frames. Will the cross wires interfere with the bees drawing out new comb, or will the just ignore any wires and build out a full frame anyway?
  13. Bee Forum
    I have decided that my eyesight and manual dexterity will not improve from here on in, so I have decided to cell punch for now. Rather than shoot holes in perfectly good wax foundation, I have decided that I will go foundationless on my deep frames, and tack in a plastic starter strip. Are there...
  14. Beekeeping 101
    I am a first year beekeeper in Northern California. This is my first post, but I am a long time reader. I installed a package of Carniolans in May and they have done really well. Filled 2 brood boxes and I about to remove 2 out of 3 supers they have filled. After they had pulled out and...
  15. Beekeeping 101
    Im in Garner, NC if anyone near has experience with foundationless. I'm new with 2 hives from packages started in April. The brood comb is being built but is getting merged with adjacent frames or doubled up in spots. I put on 2nd bodies last weekend and checked today. I used 2 wax foundations...
  16. Beekeeping 101
    So this is my first year and first bees. I installed my package 4 weeks ago in 8 frame medium box with foundationless frames. Last week they had filled out all but two frames so I added another box on top thinking they would start building in that in no time. I went into the hive yesterday...
  17. Beekeeping 101
    Groove frames or wedge frames? Looking to try foundation-less this year. Also looking to produce foundation-less comb honey: not sure if a certain frame type would impede comb cutting/harvesting, would one type of frame be preferable?
  18. Treatment-Free Beekeeping
    I am running mostly PF-125 frames with a few Kelley foundationless thrown in. It seems like everytime I put a foundationless in they draw it out huge for drone comb even if I put it smack middle of the brood nest. Any tips on how I get them to draw it out as small cell brood size?
  19. Equipment/Hardware
    Our first 2 nucs will arrive in 5 weeks and after reading tons of books, blogs and forum entries, I think we will go foundationless in the supers. There are tons of posts on how to convert to foundationless, but if one starts our from scratch what should they buy? Thanks
  20. Treatment-Free Beekeeping
    Hello Finally we are coming out of our winter here in the Brunswick Maine coastal area. My bees seem to have survived. I have been regressing and headed toward Michael Bush's program of natural beekeeping. I did suffer one hive loss late last year due to mites and may have to FMGO the other...
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