Has anyone done supering of their top bar before? I can find a little bit of info on the web regarding this, but I'm looking for first hand info. My hive is 45" long and I am going to try to have a 2 queen hive in early spring to build up the numbers, and then do a couple splits to populate some new hives for friends and try raising a few queens. Will probably have top entrances to the supers along with the bottom existing entrances and have a few bars spaced/cut to allow movement between honey supers and brood chambers.
Michael Bush talks about the 2 queen hive in his book, and he mentions honey supers between the 2 colonies. I was thinking of making them the depth of mediums and spanning the 45" length with 2 separate boxes that have top bars the same width as the existing hive. The sides will have to be straight, rather than angled like my existing hive, so the bars are interchangable.
Do you think there will be a lot of comb attachment to the sides, if they are straight? I have noticed in my existing hive that on the side with the observation window, that they do not build the comb out to touch the window. Maybe it's the faint amount of light that seeps in the cracks that discourage attachment, or maybe I'm just lucky so far. But it's something to test out-glass on both sides to see if it will minimize comb attachment.
Somewhere it was also mentioned that a hive, without brood to take care of, will really pack in the honey, so I was wondering about experimenting with the QMP strips and a queenless hive during the heavy flow. Anyone used the QMP strips before for temporary queenless situations?