My top bar hive is 31 bars long, each bar being 17inches wide. This hive got off to a horrable start, but I think they are doing well now. The queen is laying a lot, comb is still being built, but they are building on 6 top bars all to one side of the hive. Should I turn some bars end for end or just let it alone? Another question is I think the number of bees in this hive is too small to get thru winter. Anything I can be doing to help increase bee numbers?
are you feeding them sugar syrup?
Do not change the orientation of the bars. You will only create more work for them.
If the hive was strong I would say to make corrections. In a week state make sure there are no other problems and continue to feed. I just had the same problem this is what I did and they are building again and the activity at the entrance has increased