Well it goes like this. About 18 months ago I decided to build a bee hive. I have no idea of where this thought came from. Mi think I was out of work at the time and this was my project to take my mind of things. I decided on a top bar hive. So I researched and researched read million of forum post then built one of my own design.
Then I found out the bees are seasonal. And you can only buy bees at certain times of the year. So I put my 80% finished hive in the back garden.
On the weekend I was looking through gumtree and found bees for sale and the I realised that I was in that small window where one can buy bees.
So I rang a couple of bee sellers and I found a lady who sold nucs. I mentioned I have a top bar hive and she told me that she had a top bar nuc for sale! I was so excited! Then she told me she hates her top bar hive and wants to pull it apart and that I can have the tb nuc for free and a couple of bars and bees from the main colony, but I have to do all the work. Of course I said ok.
So I have been running around like mad finishing my hive building a box to move the nuc and ordering bee clothes.
Like always my 13 year old daughter has jumped on board and can't wait to help with the bees.
Considering I have never touched a bee before. I have a few questions
1). Am I insane? Have I bitten of more that I can chew?
2). I am taking the approach that the bees are the gold the comb is an extra. What I mean is that if the hive is a big cross comb mess I am planning to just cut everything out cut of the comb, maybe leave and inch on the bars and let the bees start again. Is this the best approach?
3) the other problem is that her bars are 50cm wide mine are 37cm wide. If the comb is straight. Can I just trim the comb to match the shape of my hive then just trim the width of the bars with a saw to match mine?
Are there any other tips to keep in mind?