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Offline Zoot

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starter strips
« on: June 09, 2007, 06:42:44 PM »
I installed a half dozen frames with 3/4" wax starter strips a while back ( placed throughout other frames in 3 supers) and looked in today (been away for 2 weeks). They were all built out completely, top to bottom but not filled yet. The cells seem rather large???? I thought the bees would build smaller cells but these - haven't had time to measure them - look like drone cells almost. All 6 frames look like this. Any explanation?

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Re: starter strips
« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2007, 07:09:26 PM »

Relax the comb will get smaller.  As as been mentioned a number of times on this forum, when some hives start to go with naturally drawn comb it sometimes results in comb that may appear larger than what is on foundation.  As the bee generations pass the  combs will get smaller.  Just move the larger combs up and use the smaller comb made later in the brood chamber.  Over a few years you'll have small cell everywhere.  The larger comb can then be used for harvest supers or drone comb. 

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Re: starter strips
« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2007, 11:42:48 PM »
It's drone comb.  The bees often use it for storage.
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