I haven't received my nucs yet but the bee bug has bitten me badly. To take up time, I can put foundation in my frames as something to do. Right now, the frames are empty. My only concern is that the bees wax will dry out.
I've been making frames, putting the wax foundation in them, then hanging the frames right in the new hive bodies, and putting each whole hive box with its 10 frames into a big heavy plastic contractor garbage bag and twist-tying it closed, in my basement, stacked on wood blocks- that'll keep out moths and keep the humidity stable for a while til my bees come. Plenty of mousetraps are set around, as usual.
moths wont get into new foundation frames... they dont need to be bagged, covered, etc. Yes you can insert the foundation into the frames and store hanging in the box or standing upright against something (depending on temps fro wuite a long time). Lying the frame down on its side with foundation in them is not a good idea. As long as they are upright (as they would hang in a hive) and its not too hot (to melt or cause the wax to sag) you can store them for a while
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