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When first starting out with a package of bees how many top bars do you start with? All of them?

Mike A.
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I would always have all the bars in a hive. If you have a follower you could limit them to half of the hive or so (depending on how big half the hive is...). I direct release my queens. Poor queens are an issue and sometimes the bees move next door, but I don't have problems with them leaving the hive unless it's to move next door to another hive which they do whether the queen is caged or not.

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