So I need a little clarification as I am currently managing my very first TBH and a friend of mine is coaxing me to be more aggressive than I care to be. I only took one class months ago and am in my 6th month of beekeeping. I originally bought a nuc and started a hive in the TBH.

I remember hearing that you should give the hive one or two empty bars at either end of the brood so the actual hive is only say 10 or 12 bars with a cap bar. The remaining bars lie in wait until the beehive grows. My friend says I should open the cap and let them have all the bars the full length of the hive (4ft). The reason for the debate is that the hive size has not grown much, nor has there been much honey to harvest.