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??