I have two top bar hives I built from kits and managed for several years before my employment took me away from beekeeping for a few years. Now I'm back and cleaned up the hives and bought two boxes of bees.
1. I dumped the bees in to a space about 5-6 bars wide, removed the cork from the queen and hung it below the middle bar. Is 5 or 6 bars enough for a start? Seems like a lot of bees in there.
2. I am missing some top bars. Are these a standard size? Either way where is a good place to buy replacements? I may have time to raise bees but not to start woodworking.