TBH drawing new comb
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  1. #1
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    May 2017
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    Greene County, New York, USA
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    Default TBH drawing new comb

    I have only one top bar hive. It overwintered as a small 8 bar colony and has started expanding and drawing new comb. I have been moving the backer one bar at a time and shifting the last comb to add a new bar in the empty space as they go. The hive is about 1/2 drawn out. Should I continue leap-frogging the bars or place the backer more toward the end giving them plenty of room to expand? If they continue to build is it a good indication that they are unlikely to swarm?

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  3. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
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    Isle of Wight, VA
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    Default Re: TBH drawing new comb

    once you hit the main nectar flow, you may find you need to add more than one empty bar at a time. I like to leave at least 2 open on the end, but I do add empty bars into the middle of the brood nest on a weekly basis (like 3 checker boarded in) so that they never get so packed that they want to swarm on me. (they will get so filled up with nectar and all that I have to make a small split of 5 bars to give them more room to finish capping the nectar without swarming, but that is just my preference.)

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