Hello, I started two TBH’s in Powell, Wyoming and am coming back to beekeeping after 50 years. I helped my uncle work his 500 traditional hives as a kid. I have a small vineyard and garden and have noticed a dearth of honeybees the last few years so when I read about TBH’s on Wy Bee Wranglers site I became very interested and decided to try some.
I got no help from the area pro beekeepers so I ordered a package of Minn Hyg. And a package of NWC. They arrived unexpectedly during a full-blown spring blizzard the end of April. After many trials and stupid beek problems my girls have slowed taking syrup and are building comb like crazy.
MY question – My hives are straight-sided deeps sized to take two supers on top if I want to. The bees in one hive have 14+ bars with comb halfway across and the bees in the other hive have 7+ bars with comb the full length. WHY? Both hives are treated alike and only 75’ apart.
Any comments appreciated.