I have spent the last month of my free time working on my hive. I am just about done and my bees will be here this week. The hive inside dimensions are 16" at the top, 10" at the bottom and about 46" long. I think I figured it is about 97 liters.
I have put in 4 3/4" front access holes and a large screened vent at the back.
I made 2 sizes of top bars 1 1/4" and 1 1/2" and I made enough for a second hive. They each have 12 separate table saw cuts so I figured while I was at it I might as well make plenty.
So my first question is how many small bars should I start with for my 3# package? Would it be a bad idea to use a 1.5" bar at the very front to give them a little more room to come and go?
How many 3/4" entrances do they need open to start with?
How can I tell when I need to add more brood bars vs honey bars?