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Published on Feb 22, 2009
Backwards Beekeeper Kirk Anderson (aka Kirkobeeo) shows how to make starter strips and put them in your hive frames. Starter strips are the Backwards Beekeepers' alternative to the wax foundation traditionally used in beehive frames; the wax sheets sold commercially usually come from hives that use chemicals and fungicides.
Letting your bees draw their own comb also means that they'll build cells that are the size they want, not the size you tell them to build. This means you get bees that are slightly smaller (just like in the wild) and better able to resist mites and other problems.