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filmmlif
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« on: June 07, 2004, 11:12:37 AM »

are there any thoughts about helping/promoting the girls to draw more comb on new foundation? my hivews are new and they a progressing fine but i would like to help especially in my weaker hive. thanks.
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« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2004, 11:48:50 AM »

in order for them to draw comb there has to bee a good flow or they need to bee fed. i was just wondering about this myself after checking on my one hive this morning. i have been feeding it since i hived a package may 11.  they are progressing nicely now covering 6 frames with brood hatching out well. no sign of problems.
    i did notice that they are starting to store necter in the freshly emptied cells in the brood area so i elected to stop feeding at this point so they don't become "honey bound" and think they  are out of room.  whether this is the right decision or not  i don't know as i'm pretty new at this.  i'm not up on the way the necter flows go around here either. plenty of white clover right now but what else...?
  my concern this year is winter survival for the bees. they'll keep everything they work for this year. they earned it and they been treating me good. calmest bees i've ever worked.
  maybe someone else will educate us both a little better wink
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« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2004, 11:58:36 AM »

i thought i read somewhere that spraying foundation with sugar water will promote building comb. did i make this up will it work?
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« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2004, 12:54:25 PM »

Quote from: filmmlif
i thought i read somewhere that spraying foundation with sugar water will promote building comb. did i make this up will it work?


Ther are some claims that will help.  Others claim that spraying with HoneyBHealthy or a homebrew version works even better.
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« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2004, 01:17:33 PM »

robo, what is the 'homebrew' you mentioned for drawing comb?
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« Reply #5 on: June 07, 2004, 02:21:09 PM »

http://beemaster.com/beebbs/viewtopic.php?p=1400&highlight=#1400
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