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Hello Bee forum,

I will be getting two packages of bees very soon and I am planning on starting them off with both a medium of frames of drawn out comb from my previous hive that sadly did not make it through the winter (they were weak going into winter and I had a wax moth problem - no diseases) I have since put the frames in my freezer over 48hrs. This is my second year attempting to keep the bees.

My questions are:
Is it OK to start both each with 1 medium of 10 frames of drawn out comb

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should I put two mediums on to start- one of the drawn out comb frames and one with foundation frames so they have enough space and do not abscond.

I wanted them to be at the same starting point so I can compare.

Thanks!
 

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I think a 6 5/8 of drawn comb should be enough to start. Many people will start a package in a 5 frame deep nuc. If you have a good flow going or if you are going to place a 2 gallon feeder on them it wouldn't hurt to place the foundation super on top of them. A package won't expand until about 3 wks after installation but they could plug up that 1-6 5/8 super if over fed.
 
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