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Author Topic: Plastic foundation in a TTBH?  (Read 995 times)
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« on: May 08, 2008, 08:56:39 PM »

I know this is probably completely sacrilegious to you other TBH'ers but I'm curious about this. I know it's not natural but it could be adapted to work with a TBH and would give you more honey if they take to it as they don't have to build out that part of the frame.

Could also be used to force the bees to build straight comb. Any one tried it?
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« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2008, 11:04:25 PM »

Plastic foundation in a TBH is against everything a TBH stands for.
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« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2008, 08:19:45 AM »

I know. I have no plans to use it myself. Just wondering if anyone had tried it. We aren't going to learn much if we don't push the boundaries and see what really works.

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« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2008, 12:15:03 PM »

>Could also be used to force the bees to build straight comb. Any one tried it?

Plastic has the least reputation for inducing straight comb.  Bees will often go to great lengths to not draw on it making a total mess.

But yes, you can put foundation in top bars.   With wax, the problem is the bees clustering on it will often cause it to come out.  With plastic perhaps you can get it attached well enough that it doesn't fall.  But that won't necessarily get you straight comb.
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