Midnite Bee-Beekeeper's: Article
ATTENTION BEEKEEPERS WHEN INTRODUCING BRAND NEW UNDRAWN, NON- WAXED PIERCO
PLASTIC FRAME AND FOUNDATION TO YOUR BEES:
ALSO PLEASE NOTE!
FOR A HIGHER RATE OF ACCEPTANCE AND FASTER COMB BUILDING: *
*BEFORE INSTALLING FRAMES * *
1) DIP PLASTIC FOUNDATION AREA INTO SUGAR - WATER OR HONEY-WATER SOLUTION
FULLY COATING FOUNDATION AREA. NOTE: ONCE COATED KEEP FOUNDATION AREA CLEAN
AND TRY TO INSTALL FRAMES WITHIN 10 DAYS OF DIPPING.
2)YOU CAN ALSO PLACE SUGAR-WATER OR HONEY-WATER MIX IN PLASTIC SQUEEZE/SPRAY
CONTAINER. TAKE TO BEE YARDS, SPRAY NEW PIERCO FOUNDATION AREA AS YOU INSTALL
THE PIERCOS IN YOUR HIVES.
BASIC METHODS FOR PIERCO PLASTIC FRAME INTRODUCTION
It is difficult to give one basic method for new Pierco frame introduction
that will work well in all 50 states during the different seasons of the year.
This is due to the many different weather conditions, the varied floral sources
and the differing intensities of nectar flows, as well as the strain of bee's
Following are 2 introduction methods being used successfully.
1)New Pierco frames can be interspaced with drawn comb. For best results run
10 frames in your standard 9 frame super. Insert the new Piercos in the 3, 5,
& 7 positions, (you can go as much as 5 and 5). The reason for going with 3,
5, and 7 positions is that sometimes the bees will be slow to draw foundation
on the outside of the super. It is recommended to feed the bees heavily until
the flows begin so they start drawing new comb immediately.
*Note-If after using the above interspacing method the bees seem to ignore
the new Piercos while pulling the drawn comb further, do not panic, use the
alternative method explained as follows: 2. Replace the drawn comb with new
Piercos so that you are now running 100%, (10) new undrawn Pierco frames. Any
undrawn Piercos with brace or burr comb can be scraped clean and put back in
the super. This approach gives the bees no choice but to go to work and draw
the Pierco Foundation. It is wise to feed heavily with sugar water or syrup
at this time to stimulate comb building. Some people place a drawn comb on each
end of the super as bait comb. We are finding more and more beekeepers from
hobbyists to commercial operators are having excellent results through the above
method of introducing full supers of up to 10 new undrawn Piercos, instead of
alternating with drawn comb.
Do not get disappointed if at first you have a little trouble getting your
bees to accept and draw new Piercos. Try variations of the above methods, be
creative and remember colonies should be strong and healthy, it is difficult
to get bees to draw new comb if they are under any stress, also, colonies must
be on some type of flow, be it a natural nectar flow or artificial (sugar syrup),
they cannot produce wax without having some type of carbohydrate coming in.
1)DO NOT LEAVE PIERCO FRAMES IN DIRECT SUNLIGHT FOR A PROLONGED PERIOD OF TIME.
2)DO NOT PUT PIERCO FRAMES IN SOLAR WAX MELTERS.
3)DO NOT PLACE PIERCO FRAMES IN BOILING WATER
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