- Mar 4, 2011
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Neither of us can know for certain, but I think that the balance of probability would say that using foundation actually adds rather than reduces stress for the bees.
Not sure what PolyHive will say to that, being a very experienced guy in Scottish conditions too, but I find that conclusion puzzling.
As I said earlier, I appreciate and accept there are many motivations and thoughts on these matters, but providing them with a template, especially with excess wax already available to start wall extension and thus having less wax making to do...which is a bee ageing process....seems to be making it easier rather than harder.
If your suggestion is that the wax is contaminated with harmful substances then in some circumstances you might have a point. However we get our own wax milled by Thornes for the cut comb job.......and any bought in wax we buy in very large amounts which makes it viable to have some pretty severe analyses done to ensure we are not contaminating anything. Every batch is checked and comes with a very extensive set of results so we KNOW there are no nasties in there. Actually more sure of that than of our own......
I know its not a Scottish example but a few years ago we had some foundation from France that upon analysis had a surprising number of chemicals in it (over 70!) but at the same time a friend (also in France) supplied a comparison sample from free drawn comb in his 'bio' unit.....and it had almost as many....only 10 less...but the biggy was the absence of the beekeeper added ones.