I hadn’t seen a foundationless Langstroth hive until I set one up. How you get a foundationless frame is, buy the frame without foundation, it even saves you money! Or, just pop the foundation out.
Mine is an eight frame Western. The bottom box is the brood box. I put a Carniolan package in there this April and fed as much as they would take. They looked like they were filling the box pretty fast so Ted and I put a second super on the hive. The day we did that the hive wasn’t happy about us being in there, so we didn’t pull a frame up into the top super. They swarmed in May and we caught the swarm. Then Ted did pull a frame up into the top super and they started using that for brood as well.
Our mentor came over last week to inspect the whole apiary with us. He looked at this hive and declared the daughter queen looks Italian. Since half the genetics come from the queen and half with whatever drones she mated with this is entirely possible. This underscores the reality that American Italians and Carniolans are pretty well mixed at this point. They’re American bees now!
A couple of days ago I put a queen excluder on this hive and another super just to see if I could get some honey – we still have some blackberries locally, it’s a pretty late location.
This is a foundationless Langstroth frame filled out with wax. Since I hadn’t seen a picture before I had one I thought I’d post it here. They draw the comb pretty straight, although there are a couple of frames we inspect together as they got a little close and fused. You can see on this one they started drawing another set of comb on the same frame.
I’m trying to work this hive myself and keep records on it toward the journeyman requirement!