So I will be picking up 2 Nuc’s on or around April 10, 2020. Installing into two Flow Hive 2 Araucaria 7 Frame hives. While my nuc’s should be either 4 or 5 frame’s, I will be installing into 10 frame brood boxes.
I’m curious has anyone in AU or EU used Hexacell, or BetterComb from Better Bee in the US in there brood boxes. I live in South Carolina, US and we have high heat and humidity in the Summer into Fall. I purchased 10 Wired Frames and 10 BetterComb. The suggest adding 3 on one side and 2 on the other mixed in with frames of drawn comb for packages or frames of brood, pollen, and honey from nuc’s.
As these will be new colonies in new equipment. I feel that using them will free up the bees from using their resources to build and draw comb, and allow the Queen to get busy laying and the foragers start bringing in pollen and nectar. In hopes of being able to build up the colony faster so I can add the Flow Super’s sooner and possibly take honey in the 1st year. While my local Beek Assoc says it’s doubtful a 1st year Beek will produce any honey for the taking… In my mind I see it playing out differently as I am giving my girls what they need for a head start.
So my question then is, have any of you ever used the product, if so what kind of results did you have or problems you encountered in using Hexacell or BetterComb?
South Carolina, US