We are new to bees and just setting up a Top Bar Hive in Maine. Would like to try and attract local bees rather than importing. I have some lemon grass oil as recommended in one article that I read and we are thinking to attach some comb strips to a few bars. I just wonder when I first set up, how large do i make the hive ie.. open bars to the follower or do I just keep the whole thing open.
Any recommendations are appreciated.