Syracuse Area Beekeepers Club

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Housel Positioning

on June 13, 2013

At tonight’s meeting, one of our members gave an introduction on Housel Positioning, a frame positioning technique originally  discovered/originated by Michael Housel, thus it’s name. I will give a very brief overview of the idea and let you research it more.

The idea behind the frame positioning technique or practice is that bees naturally create hexagonal comb, the best shape for the greatest amount of volume and for using the least amount of material. This shape has inverted and upright Y’s within the cell. The belief is that the inverted Y will point towards the center of the hive and the upright Y will point towards the outside of the hive.  By manipulating the frames and moving them around, and not paying attention to which way the “Y” is pointed, beekeepers may be inspiring bees to create burr comb or other comb issues. Perhaps bees build the comb a very specific way and we should be paying attention to the way they build the comb.


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