Re: Move cutout comb closer to queen?
It has been my experience that the bees like to start at the side of the box, not in the center. I think it must be that if there are not enough bees to fill the box, starting at the side gives them a wall to start from where they don't have to defend open space. I hear and read to put the starters in the center, I no longer do that, but start them at the side. The only time I start bees in the center is if I need to feed, as I use inverted jars through the migratory cover and my holes are drilled for the jars in the center of the lid, so this requires them to be in center under the feed.
I've been keeping a few hives for the past 20-25 years, and no longer treatment free as I got tired of the losses.