I am in the same boat as you. Every beekeeper here Indiana I talk to has a negative attitude towards TBH; also about everyone wants to sell me nucs and not packages ??? I just want 40lb or so of honey my first year. I like comb honey too.
I also am getting conflicting reports on the ability of feral bees to produce honey /survive mites ????
It seems to me that with TBH hives you sacrafice some honey production ( I dont know how much per hive, on average ) because the bees must produce the comb again, unlike Langs which reuse the comb.
I am also getting conflicting reports on bees bred in Langs ( pures and crosses ) and their ability to convert to small cell TBH
Good luck to both of us Jenn ; }
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