Re: Working out design details for natural sized foundation-less frams
No there is no point having a guide on the bottom bar. When bees don't join the comb to the bottom bar it's actually a bee space to allow them to walk from one side of the comb to the other. A guide will not change their need for this, but the position in the hive where they build the comb will.
Originally Posted by taftech
Typically comb drawn in the bottom box will have a bee space between the bottom of the comb and the bottom bar. This is simply because in a wild hive in a tree, once bees have joined a comb bottom to timber, they cannot cross there any more. A very strong hive may join the comb in the bottom box to the bottom bar because there are so many bees hanging under the bottom bar they know they can cross the timber and get around. Likewise combs drawn in frames higher up in the hive have a better chance to be joined to the bottom bar because there are plenty of bees all over and under the bottom bar so they know they can use that to cross over.
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