Not too excited about the top bar hive. These girls don't have a sense of direction. I tried to straighten it out, lost two frames of honey and stopped there. The comb is way too soft to manage and it's too heavy to move around without breaking off. Since they won't straighten out, is it feasible to just let them build as they wish and harvest the hive as a unit ?
I caught the bees in a trash can type swarm trap. The lid had ribs about a 1/2 inch wide and the bees had built the comb straight on these ribs, top to bottom. Must be my fault they screwed this up so badly. Last time I opened it up there was a large chunk of comb laying in the bottom of the hive. Ready to chunk the whole thing in the land fill. Well all but the bees.