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New Bee
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« on: June 16, 2009, 12:54:16 PM »

My first year!  My dad started it and passed away a few months later, so I am going to try to keep it going.  He was planning on bees building off a six inch wooden strip on the top center of frame.  Bees are up there but not building comb.  Should I coat them with bees wax?  Maybe put an established frame up there?  Thanks for any help and am looking forward to any comments.
luvin honey
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« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2009, 01:41:48 PM »

Hi and welcome! Can you give more information about the bees? Are these new packages? Are they in topbar hives? How long have they been there? Do you have pollen and nectar flow right now? Are you feeding?

Mine are on 1/4" long, about 12" wide strips from paint stir sticks and started building comb right away, so it doesn't appear that wax is necessary.

The pedigree of honey
Does not concern the bee;
A clover, any time, to him
Is aristocracy.
---Emily Dickinson
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« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2009, 09:59:12 AM »

Wax isn't necessary, but I would go all the way across the frame with my strip.  The bees only build comb when they need it.  They need it when there is a flow for storing honey, or in the brood nest to expand.  Feeding will encourage both.
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