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Author Topic: Wax and Plastic Foundations  (Read 348 times)
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« on: January 26, 2014, 03:32:03 PM »

I have decided to start out with two hives.... Could I have one hive with a pure wax foundation and one hive with plastic foundation?
Are the cell sizes the same? I mean if going into winter and one hive gets weak and I must combine them. Would the bees from the pure wax hive  do ok in the Plastic foundation hive and visa versa???

Id just like to see which hive preforms better?

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« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2014, 03:36:43 PM »

In the fall particularly, any difference in size would be immaterial.  Bees naturally build different size cells in their nests. 
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« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2014, 08:07:57 PM »

>I have decided to start out with two hives.... Could I have one hive with a pure wax foundation and one hive with plastic foundation?

Yes.

>Are the cell sizes the same?

It depends:
http://bushfarms.com/beesnaturalcell.htm#cellsizes

What matters to me is that it is 4.9mm or so...

>I mean if going into winter and one hive gets weak and I must combine them. Would the bees from the pure wax hive  do ok in the Plastic foundation hive and visa versa???

http://bushfarms.com/beesfallacies.htm#waxplastic
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