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Offline wvbee

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small/natural cell--crush and strain
« on: March 08, 2007, 04:39:39 PM »
I will be starting a new hive next month with a package of bees.  I would like to go with small/natural cell.  Can I set up all the frames in my brood box with a beveled top bar or starter strip and just let them build their own comb?  Or do I need to give them some kind of foundation?  I would like to let them build all of their own comb throughout the hive, up into the honey supers.  When I get to where I can harvest honey, is it ok to use that comb to crush and strain and have them rebuild?  Thanks for the help

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Re: small/natural cell--crush and strain
« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2007, 05:51:24 PM »
I have wedges on my bars. and I applied a small amount of bees was to the wedge. Michael Bush has a lot more about this on his site here http://www.bushfarms.com/beesfoundationless.htm

I am starting with a Kenyan Topbar Hive this year and I made wedges. I'm not going to use starter strips.

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Re: small/natural cell--crush and strain
« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2007, 11:59:16 PM »
>Can I set up all the frames in my brood box with a beveled top bar or starter strip and just let them build their own comb?

Yes.  With other benefits:http://www.bushfarms.com/beesnaturalcell.htm

> Or do I need to give them some kind of foundation?

No.

> I would like to let them build all of their own comb throughout the hive, up into the honey supers.

Then give them a guide and let them.

>  When I get to where I can harvest honey, is it ok to use that comb to crush and strain and have them rebuild? 

Yes.  http://www.bushfarms.com/beesharvest.htm

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