Re: How would you all respond to this "constructive criticism" of the top bar hive?
Rob, so far not enough curve to complain about. not nice and straight like a frame in a lang but not so bad I can't remove the comb....yet. I can see where they are headed that way though. Score one for me I guess. They seem to be straightening out the twisted comb now. they have chewed holes thorugh it like maybe they are trying to rebuild it.
As for the dowels it was one suggestion I read and followed. Not all ideas are good ones. this is one I will be forgetting. I put dowels in only 10 frames so I don't have to go cut them out of everything. I did know enough to not go all out with anything I had not at least tried out. I wanted 1/8 inch dowel but could only find 3/16 I am not sure if the smaller dowel woudl have worked better. my intuition says no. They meet that obstical and want to make a turn.
I agree that the bees attaching the wax would be stronger. but in this case there is only about a 1/4 inch strip of wax I applied . they attach the rest of the comb width themselves. I started with the widest bars recommended because I can always make them thinner. It does appear they are just a bit wide for these bees. I think that problem will correct itself as they get the comb drawn out a bit further. So far the 9 bars they are working on are hopefully going to be the brood nest. I will trim the rest of the bars to hep prevent this filling in.
Probably worse than the burr comb is that they want to attach every comb to the side of the hive. that is easy to fix by just cutting it away. They are still building comb like crazy and there is capped brood all over the place. 21 days is a week from today so they will get there first shot of population growth. Although small this hive can use all the help it can get. I don't even ant to try and guess how many eggs the queen could be laying a day now. The comb is now large enough that all the bees can reach it to work on it so the building speed has increased quite a bit. THey have done all this without any sugar water also. I can't get them to take it.
All work and no play makes a happy bee.