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My TBH is drawing out comb, and I've been adding bars (expanding my follower board each time).

Is it best to add bars into the middle or to the end of the cluster? Which method makes them draw comb faster? Intuitively it seems to make sense to add bars into the middle of the cluster, but not sure.
 

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While they are expanding rapidly, I think it is best to simply add more bars ahead of them, so they maintain their desired nest shape. Once they start filling combs near the end with stores, it can be useful to add bars in between the brood area and the stores to prevent them becoming honey-bound, i.e. ensuring the queen always has somewhere to lay her eggs. If it looks like they need more brood-raising area in a hurry, it's OK to add a bar to the other end, as they will fill any spaces with bees to keep the heat in - and it gives the drones something to do in between meals.
 

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While they are expanding rapidly, I think it is best to simply add more bars ahead of them, so they maintain their desired nest shape. Once they start filling combs near the end with stores, it can be useful to add bars in between the brood area and the stores to prevent them becoming honey-bound
I should have elaborated with more info. I have 13 bars of about 36 (it's a 48 inch TBH) fully drawn now. The bees were installed on April 10th.

Should the broodnest (with end combs of honey) be suffiecient now to add bars between the brood area?

P.S. Are you Mr. Chandler? I really enjoyed reading your book, "The Barefoot Beekeeper". Best piece of prose to come out of your country since Chaucer--actually that's not true, maybe best piece since R.O.B. Manley's "Honey Farming."
 

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Should the broodnest (with end combs of honey) be suffiecient now to add bars between the brood area?
Yes, assuming you have plenty of bees in there!

P.S. Are you Mr. Chandler? I really enjoyed reading your book, "The Barefoot Beekeeper". Best piece of prose to come out of your country since Chaucer--actually that's not true, maybe best piece since R.O.B. Manley's "Honey Farming."
I am, and thank you, but I'm sure I don't remotely bear comparison to Chaucer! Manley, maybe, on a good day... and I really enjoy reading him - fine, practical beekeeper - and a good writer, too.
 

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I personally would avoid adding bars to the center of a broodnest unless forced to eg. honey bound or transitioning out old comb, they tend to build the broodnest in a pattern. Lol I didn't realise buckbee was Mr. Chandler until he started talking about his book :D Which by the way I also enjoyed.
 

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I personally would avoid adding bars to the center of a broodnest unless forced to eg. honey bound or transitioning out old comb, they tend to build the broodnest in a pattern.
I'm admittedly impatient on this area. Our nectar flow will completely shut off here in about 3 weeks, and I'm trying to spur the process on by forcing something on the bees that is <ahem> a little unnatural so there'll be fewer problems (like food storage) later on, when we hit our nectar droughts.
 

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Follower boards are nice to have if you are installing bees when it might be cold or they are small, splits ect. You need to keep ahead of the bees bar wise with them though.
 
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