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Offline 40 Acre Bees

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Shallow Foundation & Drawing comb
« on: January 15, 2017, 10:32:34 am »
For the past few years we have tried to go foundation-less (crush & strain) and it worked relatively well, but now we are up to five hives (never wanted more than two)  and are looking at extracting.  Since we have a number of shallow boxes and frames, I would like to reuse these, but am having difficulty locating plastic shallow foundation.  Does anyone know of a supplier especially those beeks in Canada.

Second question -  When we begin our spring feeding would it be OK to add a box of foundation at the same time so the girls can get an early start of drawing out the comb?

As always looking forward to your thoughts and opinions, Thanks in advance 40 Acre Bees  :yes:

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Re: Shallow Foundation & Drawing comb
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2017, 10:37:05 am »
I don't know of anyone who manufactures shallow plastic foundation. Hate to say it but you may end up buying mediums and cutting off an inch.
You could feed briefly, just to get them started build comb but then I would stop before they start storing any of it.
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Re: Shallow Foundation & Drawing comb
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2017, 04:11:35 pm »
OK two more questions, what is the best way to cut plastic foundation, and I am sure I can get shallow wax foundation, is there any way it can be inserted into an already assembled frame, or do I need to use new un-assembled frames.  I am just trying to keep my costs down and reuse what I have here.  Thanks

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Re: Shallow Foundation & Drawing comb
« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2017, 04:39:17 pm »
Quickest way to cut it would be with a table saw.
If you are going to try and insert plastic into your shallow frames, you may have to take the wedge back off, insert your plastic and then re-nail the wedge. The groove at the top of your shallow frames will probably not be wide enough to accommodate the plastic. No big deal really.
You don't need to buy new frames.
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Re: Shallow Foundation & Drawing comb
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