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LKBruns
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« on: September 14, 2014, 05:16:36 PM »

I tried searching the forums and can't find a direct answer to my question.  Can I start a package on small cell foundation?  AND if I can ... Can I alternate it with empty frames that have starter strips.  Will all of this confuse them?

I want to help them start but don't want to end up a mess.

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« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2014, 09:01:43 PM »

I have started several packages on small cell foundation with success. I would not recommend any foundation-less frames until they draw out a full box of comb. Then add 1 or 2 to the center of the brood nest between 2 frames of brood.

Hope this helps.
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« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2014, 09:05:19 PM »

Small cell and natural cell are not one of the same.


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« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2014, 12:18:09 AM »

I like small cell personally. and the answer is yes, you can of course start a package out with small cell.
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« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2014, 01:28:21 AM »

As already stated, Yes you can..
  if you wish to use foundation-less be prepared to straighten/fix the comb if the bees decide to draw it differently than you have hopes for.  Everyone acts like its the end of the world if the ladies cross comb..  it isnt, just fix it.. I do freely admit it IS a pain I could do without, but then..  Paying for foundation i do not need is MORE of a pain! grin
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« Reply #5 on: September 15, 2014, 10:10:44 AM »

>Can I start a package on small cell foundation?

Yes.

>Can I alternate it with empty frames that have starter strips. 

In the brood nest yes.  In the supers no.

>Will all of this confuse them?

In the brood nest no.  In the supers yes.

http://www.bushfarms.com/beesnaturalcell.htm#whatisregression
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