You don't say if you are planning on producing comb in sections, standard boxes, or what? That will affect what we recommend.Would the bee build out good quality comb on a flat wax foundation without a template to follow?
Here is the context of the question. I have 4 packages coming in April. I have enough drawn deeps to start them all out in the spring in one drawn standard frame box. I have been doing searches on this site because I want to go as natural as possible. I plan on no chemicals and take what I get death wise.You don't say if you are planning on producing comb in sections, standard boxes, or what? That will affect what we recommend.
The simplest comb honey is free comb built by bees in just about any cavity and cut to size or just sold in chunks.
This year was my first year. My best hives drew out three deeps of comb plus the top deep was full of honey. I did not take the hive apart to see how far up from the bottom contained brood. I figure these 3 deeps will more than support their needs of both brood and honey. We have really bad winters up here.beginnerhives, you have a good plan going, did you say you are using 3 deeps total for brood on each hive? That would be one too many for me. The standard deep frames will work fine without foundation, just use a starter strip (comb guide) of some type on each frame, are you familiar with starter strips? Just insert one foundationless frame between two drawn combs that you already have, then they will draw it out straight the first time. When each foundationless gets 3/4 of the way drawn straight, you can put in another foundationless between two drawn and repeat the process until all frames are drawn. Obviously, you will have to keep adding more deep boxes to hold all the drawn combs. Good Luck!
Great info, it has really helped. I have some questions?>I am not familiar with starter strips. Do they draw the comb all the way down to the bottom and attach it to the frame?
> Good thing I asked I would have put a deep full of empty frames no foundation and wondered why they did not draw.
Oh, they would have drawn it, but you might not like where. They need a guide. I'd turn the wedge sideways instead of a starter strip...
> That seems like a good idea to put them inbetween drawn comb.
In the brood nest, it is. In the supers, it's not.
Will they draw the comb faster if they make the foundation themselves?
They don't make foundation. They make comb. And yes, in my observation they will build it noticably faster without foundation.
> Given putting the open frame between two drawn frames.
If you do this in the brood nest they build it even faster as they hate that space in the brood nest.