I am new to beekeeping this year and have one hive-a TBH. Anyone who has read my posts this summer knows that I have struggled with a hot hive all summer. One thing that always makes my girls furious is when I use the knife to cut the comb from the sides of the hive so I can take it out to check it. I try to be extremely careful not to squash anybody and to draw the knife up gently and without sawing, but it still makes them swarm out at me and then they stay mad.
(Yes, I smoke them through the entrance and through the vents and wait a few seconds before beginning. They are not being robbed. I've requeened, fed them, and even told them I love them--they're still not cooperating.)
As I was looking through the viewing window today noticing that most of the combs are attached (again) to the sides, and dreading the attack bees--not just a few, more like a cloud of them--that are sure to come after me (again) each time I cut them loose, I thought there must be some type of frames to use in a TBH.
Does anyone else have this problem? Have you tried TBH frames? Do they work? Where would one purchase them? Next spring as I add hives, I plan to use Langstroths, but I like my TBH except for this problem, which, as I have said, makes my bees seriously angry and difficult.