I don't know. Those plastic frames are already pretty floppy.with a table saw? are the end frames parts plastic or wood?
sure why not
IMO you need to get there in more than one step.I don't know. Those plastic frames are already pretty floppy.
What does the small cell really do? I found it caused a lot of jumbled comb with adjustment ridges and conversion to drone cells. Closer together might not make them any better. I admit I didn't give them a whole lot of opportunity to prove themselves! They are history.
Fusion_power does the narrow spacing and feels the bees brood up quicker in the spring but swarm sooner. The math is there for the smaller cells similarly but not all genetics of bees do a good job of drawing them out well. The previous forum owner figured about 20 % loss to unwanted jumble and drones with theIMO you need to get there in more than one step.
Ideally you get a NUC or swarm that was in 4.9 then you are good to go.
if you have the standard 5.4, going to 5.1 or some partial step , then 4.9 is easier. some just do the "natural"/ Foundation Less frame and let the bees decide.
conceptually by having smaller cells the bee cluster can "Cover" more cells, then if you as well squish then together a bit you cover even more.
In spring the "cluster" will only brood up what they can keep warm, so if it is 2000 cells or 3000 cells the growth in population will be faster as they can raise more bees. Mathematically think of 9 frames in a 10 frame box, the "space" in the seem is bigger, now think of the 10 frame box with 11 frames this space is reduced so the bees when squeesed down can cover more cells, ergo faster spring growth. the 2 things together can offer even more covered cells.
I see similar results with insulated hives BTW and will be trying that path. IMO it offers the same result with out the conversion.