I don't think I could be classified as a micro manager, it had been almost a month and a half before I got into my hives this week. When installing a new pacakge into a TBH, you really need to be guiding the bees to build straight comb, because the bees and you have different points of view on what is orderly. Bees will diverge further and further from what you expect (and desire usually) in nest building. I let them manage their own nest, but when it comes to building comb, I still want it as straight and small cell as possible. Its a matter of being able to get into the hives and inspect them properly. If you go ahead and let them mess things up in the beginning and fix it later, you are causing more harm than you think. If you fix it very early before they really have any significant brooding, you cause the bees maybe a couple of weeks setback. Wait until later and you can cause them a whole season's worth of setback leaving you with bees that can barely make it through winter because they couldn't build up well enough.
Scot Mc Pherson<br />McPherson Family Honey Farms<br />Davenport, IA<br />BeeWiki: <a href=\"http://beewiki.linuxfromscratch.org\" target=\"_blank\">http://beewiki.linuxfromscratch.org</a> <br /><br />Pics:<br /> <a href=\"http://linuxfromscratch.org/~scot/pics/bees/\" target=\"_blank\">http://linuxfromscratch.org/~scot/pics/bees/</a>