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Offline Lancej

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Small cell, how's it going.
« on: June 14, 2017, 09:12:19 pm »
I am looking at going to small cell wax foundation in my brood boxes. I only know of one commercial operator  running small cell at this stage, does any one have long term experience with it?

Offline azzkell

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Re: Small cell, how's it going.
« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2017, 12:26:20 am »
Hi Lance, whats the reason for small cell?
Is it to do with the natural size rather than mans idea if bigger bee bigger harvest?

Offline Lancej

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Re: Small cell, how's it going.
« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2017, 02:02:01 am »
Hi Azzkell, smaller bees are meant to develop quicker, have a longer life span, more cells per frame and have more bees in the hive. I'm hoping we get a few updates from those that have changed cell size because there the ones with real time experience.

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Re: Small cell, how's it going.
« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2017, 08:47:15 am »
Over here small cell is use for a resistance against mites.  I don't think you guys have to deal with mites, do you?
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Re: Small cell, how's it going.
« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2017, 12:27:36 pm »
>does any one have long term experience with it?

I've been using nothing but small cell and natural comb since about 2002.
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Offline azzkell

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Re: Small cell, how's it going.
« Reply #5 on: June 15, 2017, 01:57:36 pm »
Lance that makes a whole lot of sense.
I have started using starter strips at top of frame and allowing them to build whatever they wish.
No mite problems where I am thankfully.

Offline Andersonhoney

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Re: Small cell, how's it going.
« Reply #6 on: June 16, 2017, 05:10:27 am »
Ace bird, I've been converting to small cell for a few years. It takes a long time, I'm hoping I'll have all my hives converted by the time varroa gets here.

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Re: Small cell, how's it going.
« Reply #7 on: June 16, 2017, 07:57:29 am »
The Fat Beeman is commercial and runs nothing but small cell
Bought my first NUC April 7, 2016.
Like all you when you first started, I am fascinated with beginning Beekeeping and trying to learn all I can.
I retired May 2015 and have added this to my short list of hobbies.