>I don't get it. Why don't you need to replace the foundation with Top Bar Hives? Isn't the wax just as old once they've drawn it out?
I think the idea is to cycle empty bars into the center of the brood nest and harvest bars of honey from the outside(s). "Accordian" manipulation, as i recall it being refered to, as an alternate to Walt Wright's "Checkerboarding". More like "opening up the broodnest" that Michael Bush refers to. Helps deter swarming and improves honey production?
I would also like at this time to regress, if i'm outta line or way off base i'm fair game- have at it.
I haven't read everything in this thread, but back on 13Jan i was reading about horizontal vs. vertical positioning of the comb(cells) and the resulting amount of space that is left for the mites to manouvre(sp) inside the cells.
It brought up a situation i have going on at this time. The following is embarrassing for me.
Back in August i did a cut out from a nesting box that contained combs that fit just about perfectly in my deep frames---Sideways. I'm just lazy enough that that's the way i tied them in---Sideways.
That colony was a good stong colony up until about the first of this month. It is now down to about two frames of bees and is full of mites. I have others nearby that have mites too, but they so far seem to be managing allright-8 to 10 frames worth. They were swarms on foundationless frames.
I had wondered all along if i had done a big no-no when i tied the cutout into the frames---Sideways.
I'll not do that again.
Just needed to confess and this looked like a good opportunity to throw it out there, albeit, morn a week late, sorry.-j
My Mom's other kids are smarter than me, but i'm not nearly as nice.