How to Introduce Pierco Frames and Foundations
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Differing weather conditions, floral sources and nectar flows will influence
the best method of frame/foundation introduction. Your 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 have a good nectar flow, be it natural
or artificial (sugar syrup). Bees cannot produce wax without carbohydrate
The following two methods have proven to be the most successful for new
Inter-space Pierco frames with drawn comb.
Insert three new Piercos in the 3, 5, and 7 positions. The reason for using
the 3, 5, and 7 positions is that bees are often slower to draw foundation
on the outside of the super. We recommend feeding the bees heavily until
the honey flows begin. This will encourage the bees to start drawing new
NOTE: If the inter-spacing method does not yield try Method 2, below.
Replace all of the drawn combs with new Piercos.
You are now running 100% (10) new undrawn Pierco frames/foundations in your
standard 9 frame super. Any undrawn Piercos with brace or burr comb can be
scraped clean with a hive tool and returned to the super. This approach gives
the bees no choice but to go to work and draw out the Pierco frame/foundation.
We recommend feeding the bees heavily with sugar syrup at this time to
stimulate comb building. Some beekeepers also place a drawn comb on each
end of the super as bait comb.
Remember that your local conditions of weather, floral sources, colony
condition etc. can cause your results to vary. If the above two methods
do not yield the results you expect call us at 951-361-1600 we'll be glad
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