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It's just about time for me to add my second deep brood box this coming weekend. Right now I have standard foundation (not sure the exact size) in my first brood box. I did some reading about the potential benefits of small-cell and would like to give it a try. So my question is this: Can I put small cell foundation in with standard-cell bees? Will they draw small-cells? Will they rework the cell size? What's the best and worst case scenario? I read lots of the threads about regression on this forum, but I'm still not sure what will happen if I simply give them only small-cell from here on out. Can anybody shed some light on this? It may be important to note that this was a package started this year, recently requeened with a Carniolan.
 

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>Right now I have standard foundation (not sure the exact size)

5.4 or something close depending on manufacture

>Can I put small cell foundation in with standard-cell bees? Will they draw small-cells?

No they will draw something close to 5.1

If you are regressing your bees with foundation or foundationless, it will take several tries and you will need to remove 5.4 then the 5.1 ... until you get to small cell. Could take a few years.

If you go with small cell plastic (Mann lake PF100s plastic frames) they will go right to 4.9. This is the quickest and easiest way to regress your bees. Then move the 5.4 to the outside to be used as honey storage.

Plastic has cons just like the others. They won't work it unless there is a flow. Add extra wax to the frames for better acceptance. Place a frame between two brood frames a few at a time and they will work them better. Move the 5.4 to the outside for honey storage and remove then as you get more 4.9 built.

Once you regress your will be able to use foundationless frames. IMO this is where it's at.
 

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As soon as they almost finished the frames put more in. Something like this.
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I would keep putting frames in the brood nest until all the 5.4 is honey storage and cull them out as you go. Count 10 frames and measure. Write the number the top of the frame (5.4, 5.1, 4.9). The do the same to cull out the 5.1. When you get to 49 mm per 10 cells you are there.
 
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