So before you make the leap, these are a few things to keep in mind. From how to begin the process, to why you should make the switch over to foundationless beekeeping, consider some of these factors when you are just getting started.
When you are getting started, the most important thing you have to keep an eye on with foundationless beekeeping, are the combs your bees are building. It is extremely important that your bees build straight combs. As they are used to the diagonal pattern, they might try this when you are transitioning to foundationless beekeeping.
One of the easiest ways to ensure this does not occur is to use comb guides (starter strips); you can design your own or purchase guides, which you place in the hive, so you're bees follow when building their combs. Cross combs should be rare if you are using comb guides in your foundationless hive; however, you might occasionally have to fix them if they are found.
Now that you have your guides in place for your bees to build straight combs, you might be wondering why foundationless beekeeping, is the route to go. Some reasons to try this method include:
Although it is going to require somewhat of a learning curve, especially if you learned your beekeeping techniques from commercial books or sites, foundationless beekeeping, is the ideal method to care for your bees. It's the only way I keep my bees.
It is not only cleaner, it is going to place less stress on your bees as well. And, as it is the natural way they know how to develop their honey combs, the entire process is going to be naturalized, your bees will be healthier and happier, and your combs are going to thrive more than they did using commercialized approaches in beekeeping.