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I have a new this spring TBH, with about nine bars covered with full comb. In other posted pics I see combs spaced with blank bars. Will someone explain please? Thnkx.
 

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Yup. i've been doing it to avoide wonky comb, as three of my bars have wonky, off center comb. Every time they start on the backside with comb, I put that bar in between two of the straight combs to avoid added issues to the already messed up bars.
 

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Exactly right. No matter how much room is left in the hive, if the brood nest becomes honey bound, the bees can swarm. It can happen faster than you expect. One hive caught me unprepared last year and did that despite having plenty of bars to expand on.
 
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