Re: Top bar hive questions for newbie
I wouldn't wax, I have heard it makes a less secure attachment to the guide, and that makes sense to me. I also only use 1 size top bar an have had no problems with it. I would also use what ever entrance you like so long as it is on the end. I think having it in the side toward the middle is asking for trouble, since the tendancy is for the brood to be closer to the entrance. If the entrance is at the middle of the hive the brood will be in the middle with honey at the ends. This is not a problem until winter arrives, when they cluster they will pick one side or the other, and if they run out of honey at that end they are unlikly to move to the other end to get at the other half of the stores. You could always rearrange the bars to correct this, but that seems like to much work.
I would give them 8 or so bars to start with, and when they fill out 75% add a couple of more.
Good luck and enjoy.
Last edited by RiodeLobo; 04-08-2013 at 01:58 PM.
Dan Hayden 5 Years. 10 hives. Tx Free. USDA Zone 5b.