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Looking good sp and frb. What's the scoop on the foundationless frames? The wax looks to new to be cutout frames. If they were drawn out in the hives, was any reinforcement for the comb used?
 

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amazing how much a swarm can draw in just one week. look carefully at the bottom of photo1 and you' see a crosswire, and in photo3 you can see the small nails on the side of the end bar that secure the wire. the nail is only driven in half way and then bent, this allows you to turn it like a tuning key on a guitar. i started working these into the middle of my brood chambers last year.
 

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I couldn't tell if that was a wire, a bamboo skewer or a piece of grass laying on the ground beneath the frame....

Is the one blue glove and one white glove a fashion statement? LOL
 

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two wires in each frame dividing the space in thirds, tuned tightly to the key of g, hives perfectly leveled side to side, and frames inserted between two drawn frames.

i'll let frb comment on the fashion statement. :)
 

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No offense but I don't see that many bees in the pictures to warrant swapping them over into a deep brood chamber? Why not let them crank for a couple weeks in the nuc box until you have a lot of bees.
 

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good point rb, it's mostly because frb only has two nuc boxes and two complete hives so far, and the nuc boxes are being used for swarm traps.
 

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You might want to experiment sometime using a follower board arrangement to confine the bees to a smaller cavity. In my opinion it will allow them to build up quicker and draw better comb confined to a smaller space.
 

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Hey, sorry I haven't been on here in a few nights, had to defend my fashion design. My wife is a Dental Hygienist, so she gets samples in the mail pretty much on a daily basis. I get the large and she gets the small. They all get crammed in 2 bags, so what comes out gets put on LOL. Got my 3rd and 4th colonies from squarepeg today, the first two have been working like crazy this past week and their numbers are growing good. Pursuing the treatment free route also.
 

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You might want to experiment sometime using a follower board arrangement to confine the bees to a smaller cavity. In my opinion it will allow them to build up quicker and draw better comb confined to a smaller space.
another good point rb. i used a follower board on some overwintered nucs that i had in ten frame boxes jamming crumpled newspaper in the dead space for insulation, and gradually added a frame or two the following spring until they filled the box. i don't think it would make that big of a difference now that we have warmed up and are in our main flow.
 

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Hey, sorry I haven't been on here in a few nights, had to defend my fashion design. My wife is a Dental Hygienist, so she gets samples in the mail pretty much on a daily basis. I get the large and she gets the small. They all get crammed in 2 bags, so what comes out gets put on LOL. Got my 3rd and 4th colonies from squarepeg today, the first two have been working like crazy this past week and their numbers are growing good. Pursuing the treatment free route also.
and they couldn't have gone to a better home! :)
 
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