Beginning Beekeeping - How to get started keeping bees.
This is my second year with bees. The first year my goal was to have them survive the winter, and I succeeded. I was looking forward to having my bees make honey this year but for some reason I cannot get them to draw out comb on the new foundation. The medium supers have been in place for more than a month. I sprayed the foundation with sugar water prior to installing the medium super on each hive. The frames have pierco wax coated foundation. I am feeding sugar water to stimulate wax production but nothing is happening. I am looking for suggestions. Thanks in advance.
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I do not have any experience with the plastic pierco wax foundation but I know the beekeeper that helps me out has mentioned that the bees do not like it very well and are reluctant to start building wax on them. Congrats on having the bees survive, that was my goal the first year too and I succeeded. I personally use wired wax foundation and the bees immediately start drawing out comb within the first week after putting them on. I follow the 7-10 rule and add a super when 7 of the 10 frames are filled with comb/honey. I am surprised that you are still feeding them sugar water because there should be plenty of nectar out at this time of year.
Are they taking up the sugar water? Are they building burr comb? Are they building any comb anywhere in the hive?
One thing you could do is take some of the pierco foundations and melt some clean wax onto them to stimulate the bees to build on it. I do not know if this works or not but if they are not building any comb on the foundation it is worth a shot. Is there a reason you went with pierco wax foundation?
Bees be buzzing.
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