I've been lurking for a while, and think it's finally time to start contributing... Of course, my first "contribution" is a question, but I have to start somewhere, right
I've used 10-frame stuff up until this point (one whole season ), but now I'm going to switch to 8-frame. At the same time, I want to regress the bees to natural (~4.9mm cell). I have new packages coming, and I want to start them out right.
One thing I am considering doing is bringing the frames to 1 1/4" spacing. However, if I plane the frames down a bit, then the top bars are too close. I have heard that the bees can make do, but I hate to stack the deck against them.
So, here's the question: Is it better (for regressed cell size) to have too-close top bars, or too-wide comb spacing? Or should I just stop being lazy and modify the frames?
Thanks very much,