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  1. #1
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    Although my bees have been drawing comb on all the top bars that they have access to they are only using half of each bar. Should I wait until they use the entire bar before moving the back board and giving them more bars?

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    I wouldn't wait until they have the entire for all the bars, but I would wait until they have at least one all the way across.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    That sounds like a good plan. Thanks.

  4. #4
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    Personally I haven't found any benefit to using a backstop. It doesn't seem to make much difference the way a nuc vs. full deep does. Don't ask me why, but it just doesn't seem to matter much. I think it has to do with the fact that you aren't using foundation, and so the bees aren't patrolling several layers of unused foundation, they just have to patrol the walls close to the cluster. The farther from the cluster you get, the less bees you see and sometimes none at the very back.
    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>

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