3 responses

  1. Pender
    June 26, 2011

    Poor newfie bees b’y.

  2. Michael
    June 26, 2011

    Sorry to hear about your challenges. Have you asked around on forums for ideas? I can’t say I have eny experience in a climate as mild/cold as yours, but our spring and early summer was marked with a lot of rain as well. Under the recommendation of others I have kept up feeding almost constantly until only just recently.

    I wouldn’t give up on the foundationless frames just yet. If the bees have a steady stream of food coming in it will drive them to build comb. Also, if you haven’t already, you can rotate some frames that are full or well working into the box that isn’t. For example, taking two frames from the outer edge of the bottom box and swapping them for two inner frames in the upper box. Doing this with frames with brood is a good idea. Hope things improve for you.

  3. Jeff
    June 26, 2011

    Phil,

    Feed, Feed, Feed. I topped up two frame feeders yesterday. I went back today and I put another 22 cups of 1:1 in. The bees were starting to beard on my honey comb below the board on the frame, but nothing on the foundation. What ever it is the bees prefer foundationless over foundation to start on. They are storing it somewhere so at some point they have to build some comb. Thate being said I have a frame of partially drawn from last year and I cannot get them to draw the rest of it out.

    Crazy man.

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