Re: Opened Up Broodnest as Suggested by Michael Bush
This is one of the reasons I haev sen mentioned to not start with a tip bar. There is also a list of reason to start with one. But they are not expandable like a Lang so you have to have the ability to manage the bees within the defined space. It is also one of the big reason I chose to start with a lang. You compounded the problem when you made top bars dissimilar. I also get the impression that swarming is something top bar beekeepers just have to come to grips with. For a lang owner it can be as simple as add another box. to a top bar owner it probably means another hive altogether. then you have two that will do it to you again. Get good at selling hives.
I am not against top bars. I have one it just does not have bees yet. I changed my mind and started with a lang for management purposes. I will probably end up with two langs before I ever add bees to the top bar. By then I hope to understand a lot more about the bees and how they function. I also have a place to move bees to that does not mean a completely new hive. If I decide the top bar is not for me I have already had people asking if I can make them one. I will just sell it.
I am also starting to see the plus minus of a lang. I just added my second body and now the queen and her nest are way down their out of sight. I don't like that. I am flying by instruments now and I am a visual type of person. I want to see my bees and interpret what they are saying to me. So far they are saying they do not appreciate the added box much. It is growing on them though. How the nest is responding to it. as far as I can tell they are trying to seal the nest off from it. Not exactly the response I was looking for. The lang has some serious shortcomings and building up is one of them. It may be the best thing going but as far as I can tell it is far from good. But then it is a bit like driving around in a model T still claiming it is the best their is. sure it is if nobody ever bothered making anything better.
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