My 6 year old son and I are going to be starting a couple of TBHs. When I was in the Peace Corps in Paraguay, we made all of the top bars the same size. When I was reading through Michael Bush's website, I liked the concept of making different sizes for brood and honey. My question is, when starting a new hive, do you only put brood bars on until they have become established? I also saw somewhere else about using a follower board, which I think I would like to try. How many bars would you start out with when starting a package of bees? How many bars of each kind would you add when they start needing more room? One other question - has anyone started 2 colonies in one hive, on opposite sides of the follower board? Is it possible to do this and then move one colony into a Langstroth when they need more room? I've never used a Langstroth before, but do want to learn. Can I make my top bars so they could be used in a Langstroth? Any suggestions here?
Thanks for any help / advice. It's much appreciated!
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