Hi all, Newbee here.
I've been researching getting into beekeeping in the 2013 season. I'll be getting with some local beeks for this season to try things out and see if I can shadow them in their apiaries (hey, I'd be free labor for them).
If I do this, I want to go 'treatment free', or attempt to stay away from aracicides, antibiotics, etc. Basically chemical free. Due to this choice I'm convinced that foundationless is the right way to go, as well as going with 8-frame medium supers and frames exclusively to standardize all equipment.
My question centers around the F-style frames sold by Walter T. Kelley. I'm wondering about direct experiences with these frames, how the bees take to them, any dos or don'ts with them, etc. (I already figure NO pre-waxing the guides).
My plans would be to purchase enough wooden ware for five hives, but start with three packages and let the bees do what they do. I'm also wondering if wire should be installed in the F-style frames prior to installation in the hive bodies or if its a better idea to leave out wire and let the bees do what they do.
Any experiences with these frames would be greatly appreciated.