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Question: Choice of foundation...
Started and remain with Wax - 15 (21.1%)
Started and remain with Plastic - 12 (16.9%)
Started and remain foundation-less - 4 (5.6%)
Started elsewhere - Now use Wax - 10 (14.1%)
Started elsewhere - Now use Plastic - 20 (28.2%)
Started elsewhere - Now foundation-less - 10 (14.1%)
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Author Topic: Foundation preference and path to using it!  (Read 2091 times)
Field Bee
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« Reply #20 on: November 09, 2013, 10:06:56 AM »

I use Rite Cell plastic foundation in both the deeps and supers.
When raising queens I will use Thin Wax Foundations in my Timing Box.
I do not wire them in I use a monofilament fishing line.
These frames and foundations are never put in an extractor only the Rite Cell.
For comb honey I use thin wax foundation with support pins.

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« Reply #21 on: November 11, 2013, 02:07:30 PM »

On my deeps and supers I use dipped Pierco.  It's easier for me to install is the main reason.  I've messed with letting them completely draw their own for supers from starter strips but I dropped practice that due to the lack of consistency.  In my new frames in comb supers I give them starter strips from cut comb foundation and they'll draw it out well normally.  Once those frames have been drawn on though, leave a 1/4" of wax behind when harvesting and there's no need for starter strips next time.

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« Reply #22 on: November 12, 2013, 07:41:00 AM »

started out as a wood frame, wire and bee's wax foundation beekeeper.  pretty much like this over all the other alternatives.  over the years I have tried other alternatives with my most recent experiment using plasticell foundation and coating this with my own wax < folks using this with the factory applied coating may quite likely experience some problems. 

almost any choice employed at the proper time of the season will work.

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« Reply #23 on: November 13, 2013, 08:17:30 PM »

I started foundationless, went to unwired foundation, went to wired small cell for brood boxes and regular foundation for honey supers.  Now I use a few frames of wired small cell in brood boxes to get swarms/splits started followed by frames with starter strips and the honey supers have frames with starter strips only.  75% of the frames in all my brood boxes and honey supers are foundationless started from a starter strip of some sort of foundation.

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