I did a check today, I skipped a couple weeks LOL so they are about 3.5 weeks into their building.
Well I was shocked, that hive is about 85% full of beautiful natural comb. A couple frames with brood (one mostly drone) and a couple with honey
I know cause a little section broke and the honey was dripping out. Man it looked SO good. LOL
I am rushing out tomorrow first thing in the morning for a second brood hive. I had to beg and plead for one cause they were sold out. Thankfully the beekeeper had mercy on me when he heard my story and is selling me one of his own extras (second quality, but that doesn't matter to me). *phew* crisis averted.
I am just so excited and happy with the work my little bee babies are doing! No one I talk to even the well known profession beekeepers around here are familiar with natural comb. When I tell them I am foundationless they look at me like I am crazy. One guy even told me he thought it was illegal to use foundationless hives because "you need to have removeable comb" to which I said, it is, it can be cut out just like any other type, except its all natural
I don't know what he was envisioning LOL, but I don't think he had a clue what I have going on here, I offered to send pics but he wasn't interested.
Let me tell you, I'm so glad I have this board here to talk to other beekeepers otherwise I know I would have never heard of foundationless hives. This hive is just so wonderful, I pulled out all the foundationless frames and looked them over and none were stuck together or built wrong, they were nice and straight and built right across the whole frames.
I have pics I can post later if I can get approval, but for now just wanted to share my happy update