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Smaller amount of wax makers? Illness? Some other reason?

A couple of my hives are just a little slower than others in terms of drawing out frames, even though they've all been fed syrup for the past little bit.

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Re: why are some colonies slower to draw cob than others?

Keep in mind this is just my opinion.
I think bees of a certain age are the best comb builders. Seems like I've read it's from 8 to 16 days old that they produce the most wax.
I suspect one hive has more bees of the correct age.

Obviously older bees can draw comb if need be. Swarms are all flying bees and their comb building machines.

I think a lot of it has to do with how they perceive how much comb they need.
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Re: why are some colonies slower to draw cob than others?

Many factors would be involved in figuring that out i bet.
 

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Re: why are some colonies slower to draw cob than others?

I am with Wolfer that the stage of the hive affects the times of opportunity. You can have 6 kids in a family and they will not be the same.
 

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Smaller amount of wax makers? Illness? Some other reason?

A couple of my hives are just a little slower than others in terms of drawing out frames, even though they've all been fed syrup for the past little bit.

TIA
Yeah, I would assume differences in the make up of the colony. Differences in ages of bees. Differences in amount of adult bees/brood ratios. Maybe equalizing brood between all of the colonies would even out the production of comb.
 
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