I've been taking my hive apart about once a week. I remove a bar and if it has comb, place it on a stand so I can study it and rotate it. About three minutes per hive. Replace and repeat. About nine combs so far.
I don't know if as I go from rear to front I get into more aggressive bees, or as someone said, "you have the hive open too long".
Assuming the later, I need to keep a two-three bar space so I can move bars around.
Anyone have a trick for keeping the hive as closed as possible, or for keeping the ladies quiet? - Mike
PS - it's day 21 since they went in, so someone is having a birthday today!