I have two quick questions. First, after introducing a feral swarm into my TBH, they started building comb in the middle of the hive. I have 28 bars, they are building around 12-15. Is this normal? I would prefer them build at the front, leaving the rear for honey. Should I move these bars to the front and if so, when would be the best time to do that?
Second question - doing a thorough search onling for TBHs I've noticed some on stands, some are hung, and then some were sitting on the ground. What are the potential problems with a hive sitting on the ground? Most stands don't seem to be high enough to prevent a possum or coon from damaging it. Those that are hung seem safe enough. But on the ground? Ants I can see as a problem, but then again ants can climb up the stands in most cases as well. If it is secure enough on the ground so a possum or coon couldn't knock it over, would there be any other drawbacks?
My reason for asking this is I make "fake rocks" used for landscaping, covering meters etc. I was thinking of making a TBH as a rock, using something for form the inside to the right shape and dimensions. I could make it in two parts, one the base which is the hive, and another part, possibly hinged at the bottom that will open the top. I would disguise the seam as a crack to make it unnoticeable. I could make the bee's entrance a crack as well. The problem I have is that you hardly ever see a large rock either on a stand or hanging from a tree [img]smile.gif[/img] It would only work asthetically if it were sitting on the ground. Please let me know what you think, and I'll send some pics when it is done!