The thing I learned is to not give too much comb too quickly. Wait till they fill up the deep before adding another. They seem to do a better job. I think at least one beekeeper here replaces his bees every year with packages on drawn comb and harvests honey.
If you have a strong flow you may get honey. I started some carnis on 8 medium drawn frames last year and go two deeps + two mediums drawn out (8 frame) as well as 30lbs of honey. Planning splits with them this year.
Feed them like crazy til the comb is drawn on first deep box. 7-8 frames then add next deep box and keep feeding. When that's drawn out and queen is in the top box laying swap the boxes top to bottom. Add two suppers and no queen excluder. If you have a strong flow watch out. Good luck! Its farming. There may be a 3-4% factor of error in what I say. Its free!!! Works for me.
It can be done although it seems to take a little more then a gallon of syrup to draw out a deep frame. We have drawn out 2 deeps with a three pound package in a summer and still made honey although honey production is greatly reduced, and the weather/ honey flow makes a huge difference.
I start all my hives out every year with 2 lb packages on drawn combs and have a 7 year avg. of 137 lbs.
We really pump the feed to get them started so we can split 1/3 of them to increase production too.
A large local commercial outfit sells their bees as shakers every October and gets in two pound packages in early April every spring. These are installed in prepared hive bodies. About the third or forth week in May, those singles are moved to summer locations and given a second box. When the flow starts they start piling on supers. By August they average six deeps high. I don't know that those boxes are all full but some years I have seen them bearding at the top. I doubt they are drawing all that much new comb. I think it is called management.
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