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« on: July 23, 2008, 10:31:01 PM »

I've gone back to feeding to build up comb for next year, which will be my 2nd.  My five hives can easily go through 50 lbs of sugar a week used in a 1:1 syrup.  At walmart's 25lb bag price, that's 80 bucks a month that I'll be spending on sugar.  Hopefully I'm doing something wrong and it shouldn't be this expensive.  Please tell me what it is...

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« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2008, 10:48:15 PM »

You just want them to build comb, right?

If so, try cutting back to light syrup (1:2), which may trick them into thinking a flow is about to start, which should trigger them to build more comb, at least according to master beekeeper George Emirie... That should also save you about $40 a month since you get twice as much syrup from the same amount of sugar.
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« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2008, 11:57:18 PM »

also, it's not a think you have to do year after year unless you expand.  you'll have the drawn comb and can replace a bit at a time.
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« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2008, 01:15:53 AM »

Unless trying to harvest and sell the wax... but in similar words to those of George Imirie... drawn comb is a beek's most precious resource.
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« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2008, 07:49:21 AM »

As it gets later in the year, the bees like drawing wax less and less.  Even with a fall flow it's hard to get them to draw wax.  They seem to want to pack down.  They will use drawn comb and fill it, but not draw much new. 
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« Reply #5 on: July 24, 2008, 07:52:49 AM »

that's 80 bucks a month that I'll be spending on sugar.  Hopefully I'm doing something wrong and it shouldn't be this expensive.  Please tell me what it is...


I guess that makes HSC look like a bargain.
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« Reply #6 on: July 24, 2008, 09:27:48 AM »

I guess I should know what HSC stands for but I don't.  What is it?

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« Reply #7 on: July 24, 2008, 09:42:11 AM »

Honey Super Cell.  Fully drawn 4.9 frames.

www.honeysupercell.com
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« Reply #8 on: July 24, 2008, 11:08:13 AM »

It looks expensive at first, but it's only like $6 per frame...

ok, it still looks expensive, when was it supposed to look cheap again?
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« Reply #9 on: July 24, 2008, 12:13:55 PM »

When you look at the big picture.

Last almost indefinitely
   - how many years do you plan to get out of wax before replacing?  3,5,? 

no $$ treating for wax moth
no $$ feeding sugar to build comb
instant regression, no wasting comb

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« Reply #10 on: July 24, 2008, 12:36:52 PM »

That just makes the normal method look expensive too... It still doesn't make any of them look cheap...  Wink
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