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I have 20 medium frames with black foundation.

Can I use them in honey supers?

I know people prefer the black in brood frames, does it matter in the honey super?
 

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I agree with vectorjet that if you are harvesting varietal honey, you should use the white foundation. I do not get that variation here in our 8 weeks of flow. All 200 of my honey frames use black foundation simply because that is what I bought.
 

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I use what is on sale in all my boxes. If I can get the black on sale, i prefer that, especially for brood, but will gladly use it for honey as well.
 

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I have both colors mixed randomly within supers. It doesn't seem to matter.

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I am slowly working all yellow foundation out of my equipment in favor of black. At some point in my operation, my older honey super frames get promoted (or demoted?) to serve as brood frames. I like the visibility of eggs against black foundation.
 

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I am slowly working all yellow foundation out of my equipment in favor of black. At some point in my operation, my older honey super frames get promoted (or demoted?) to serve as brood frames. I like the visibility of eggs against black foundation.
What do you do when you get a few cocoons in the cells?
 

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What do you do when you get a few cocoons in the cells?
A few cocoons do not bother me in the honey super. After the comb gets several brood cycles, it becomes rubbery and harder to uncap.

Each year I do splits prior to supering my hives. I assume that is the pattern for most of us. I will generally have about 100 or more drawn frames. I look for the oldest first. I make a pile of old frames I want to retire and scrape them into the solar wax melter. Next, I look for frames I want to use in my splits. Sometimes these are former honey frames that have been tracked up and starting to get older and darker. My most pristine frames I keep for honey supers.

Over time, this general "sorting" is going to get me out of the yellow foundation business for good.
 

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I meant how do you see the eggs after a few cocoons get in there. He stated he liked the visibility on black foundation.
The absolute best visibility of eggs is a white egg sitting on a black foundation with fresh white/yellow wax built out around it. Anybody can see those eggs. As they start raising rounds of brood, it gets tougher and tougher, at least to me. When the walls are pitch black from cocoon sheds, eggs are no doubt harder to see, regardless of the color of the foundation. However, I can use an LED light to shine down into dark cells and manage.
 

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The absolute best visibility of eggs is a white egg sitting on a black foundation with fresh white/yellow wax built out around it. Anybody can see those eggs. As they start raising rounds of brood, it gets tougher and tougher, at least to me. When the walls are pitch black from cocoon sheds, eggs are no doubt harder to see, regardless of the color of the foundation. However, I can use an LED light to shine down into dark cells and manage.
Well said
 
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