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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    barry co., Michigan

    Default Thinking ahead to winter

    I've got a new top bar hive of italian hybrids installed from a package and they seem to be doing well, haveing draw comb on 22 of the 40 top bars thus far. The problem is that they haven't draw the comb very wide to fill the whole top bar.

    I was wondering what everyone thinks about taking every other top bar frame and reversing it such that there is comb adjacent to the non-occupied side. There would be bee space violations that would stimulate them to finish drawing comb out to the other wall.

    Then in wintertime when I move the divider i can have a more compact instead of long hive.

    what do you guys think??

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Denver, CO, USA

    Default Re: Thinking ahead to winter

    Hmmm... my combs are never perfectly straight but they fit perfectly together like puzzle pieces. I would not be able to switch direction of every other comb, even if I wanted to. I've read that one should not change direction of combs.

    Are you using a follower board? Or do the bees have full access to the 40 bars? If they have full access, my recommendation would be to move the follower board to reduce the space so they have more reason to fully build out the combs they've started. Less manipulation, more comb.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Middlebury, Vermont

    Default Re: Thinking ahead to winter

    Quote Originally Posted by the doc View Post
    ...22 of the 40 top bars...
    40!? what are the dimensions of your hive and bars to get 40?

    I have 31 bars in a 4 foot ktbh. 16 x 1 1/4" and 15 x 1 1/2"


  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Portland, OR, USA

    Default Re: Thinking ahead to winter


    I had the same question! That's got to be a long top bar hive!


  5. #5
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Accord, NY

    Default Re: Thinking ahead to winter

    Don't do it. At least that's what Dee Lusby says in this article on comb orientation.
    You might want to try follower board(s) to restrict their space and make them complete the bars.


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