Re: When to expand TBH
Clearly, no one told my bees the rules. I have a 24-bar tbh and from the start, the girls built the comb on the first bar next to the follower board, which is currently splitting the hive in half. They are building forward towards the entrance. I don't care and they don't seem to care, but they sure aren't being conventional!
Originally Posted by drlonzo
My plan is to keep bar 1 next to the follower otherwise follow the plan you have laid out. Add a brood bar between existing brood bars and make sure they have at least three bars in front of the entrance. All mine are 1 3/8" so I don't have to worry about which type of bar they are building on.
The only problem I forsee is that the follower board has a feeder attached to the "back" side, but eventually, I will need that space to expand to the entire 24 bars (although, technically, you might say it's 25 bars as the follower is needed to fill up the space inside the hive). Without the jar, the feeder comes up about 3 " from the floor of the hive. I think it's removeable, so I may have to take care of that eventually.
Kate - since 2013, 4 colonies, 3 8-frame Langs, 1 TBH, mostly TF, zone 8b