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  1. #1
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    Default Bees not building on the first bar?

    In my hives with an end entrance, bees don't seem to want to build on the first bar inside the door.

    Is this common in your experience?

    Adam

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    Default Re: Bees not building on the first bar?

    all 5 of mine are the same way

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    Default Re: Bees not building on the first bar?

    If you put thing all aroind your door people will trip on it.
    Same with bees.
    Old Guy in Alabama

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    Default Re: Bees not building on the first bar?

    To correct that, all you need to do is take out the empty top bar(s), move the top bars with combs over near the entrance, then place the empty top bar(s) between other finished combs of brood.
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    Default Re: Bees not building on the first bar?

    Quote Originally Posted by Joseph Clemens View Post
    To correct that, all you need to do is take out the empty top bar(s), move the top bars with combs over near the entrance, then place the empty top bar(s) between other finished combs of brood.
    Well, I'm wondering how many people see it happening. If it is very common, then there's a reason bees are doing it. Why is that? If I knew that, then I'd know if I wanted to change it, or just accommodate the behavior. At this point, I've left them alone.

    Adam

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    Default Re: Bees not building on the first bar?

    I figured if they wanted comb on that bar they would have put it there themselves, so I leave it to them to decide

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    Default Re: Bees not building on the first bar?

    It depends a lot on where the entrance is located. With an upper entrance on the end it is more likely no comb will be built on the first bar. The lower the entrance is more likely they will build the first bar down to the entrance.

    If you have holes drilled into the end for entrances they will many times build a scalloped shaped comb just down to the holes.

    They really don't want comb blocking the entrance holes. If you put a full comb in the number one spot they will eventually chew the comb away that is blocking the entrances.

    Do you have the 3/16th bee space before the first bar?
    This could be one reason there is no comb built on the first bar.

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    Default Re: Bees not building on the first bar?

    Quote Originally Posted by Delta Bay View Post
    ...
    Do you have the 3/16th bee space before the first bar?
    This could be one reason there is no comb built on the first bar.
    No I don't. That's probably the issue right there...

    Thanks,

    Adam

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