swarm + deep horizontal ish + experimental
I guess I have several questions all at once. First what the heck would you call the hive I just designed. It is 17" by 17" by 22" deep. The foundationless frames have 17" top bars with a 15 x 18" frame glued to the top bars. I can't really call it a horizontal hive because it is a tower.
Next question, so I got a free swarm from my friend on tuesday I hived it. God bless the bees are bringing in pollen today.
However, they are clustered at the bottom of my frames, not the top, and building tiny short combs at the bottom of the frames. I had intentionally designed the frames with about 3 - 4" clearance from the hive bottom, thinking I could stuff some peat moss in there or something. Has anyone seen this behavior before?
I know, I know, building longer frames.
This hive is definitely my experiment. I want to see what happens next....
My grandfather and great-uncle kept bees and my fiancée's grandfather, too. I want to pass this tradition along.