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Charles Martin Simon


SuperUnfoundation™ Frames

For starting comb, frames are positioned directly above brood chambers or even in them, adjacent to the cluster. Once started, they can be rotated upward and/or outward. It is advantageous to place new frames in alternation with properly drawn or properly started combs. Use of drawn or partially drawn combs to bait supers is a good idea. Install as early as possible within or directly preceding honey flow, depending on weather. Seasons vary with locale, so be sure to determine correct dates for your area. Timing, as well as positioning within the hive, as well as the capabilites and comb-building proclivities and general health of the colony are critical factors with all systems. SuperUnfoundation™ is not an exception in this regard. Too soon or too late or incorrect placement or installation in a hive that is not up to speed for whatever reason will result in less than best results to no results at all.

Use SuperUnfoundation™ Frames to go for perfect combs. Honeycomb is one of the strongest architectures in nature and when done right, SuperUnfoundation™ Frame combs do not need support of any kind, no wires, no clips, no dowels.

Combs that are unproperly formed or lacking in maturity are not recommended for extraction. Let the bees have them for feed if appropriate or to finish the next season. If, however, you do need to extract immature or imperfect combs, they may be held in place during extraction with appropriately sized elastic bands, two per frame.

Only healthy colonies are going to produce good combs anyway, and only during strong honey flows. The best combs are built by the best colonies during the heaviest flows. Comb production is an art. SuperUnfoundation™ is an important improvement but not a substitute for skillful beekeeping. In fact, this process is only recommended for advanced beekeepers. Inspect, adjust, trim, and rotate if and when necessary. Used correctly, these frames function correctly, and, being most durable, should outlast every other component of the beehive.


©Charles Martin Simon
last updated May 28, 2002