A great labor saving device. We switched to these and still remain impressed. Why spend your time assembling frames when you could be working your bees and selling honey?
Fully assembled and ready to put in the hive! Cell size – 5.1- 5.4
Seven reasons to buy pierco frames:
1. No assembly required – ready to use
2. reinfornced frame ears prevent breakage
3. Beeswax coating is better accepted by bees
4. 15% more brood area/honey production
5. Impervious to wax moths and rodents
6. Ideal for automatic cappers and hand capppers
7. Consistent & uniform cell depth – less drone comb
Hint1: We’ve found that our bees seem to prefer the waxed version of these frames.
Hint2: To improve accepetance, we dip pierco frames in sugar syrup before introducing them to the hive.
Hint 3: Efficient wax building is a genetic trait; some hives are better at it than others. If you have a hive that draws Pierco Foundation well and another that builds Brace Comb well, switch the supers to improve the acceptance of wax frames.
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 coming in.
The following two methods have proven to be the most successful for new frame introduction:
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 comb immediately.
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 to help.