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Comb starting on oppisite end of hive

 
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larrycarder
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PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2014 1:19 pm    Post subject: Comb starting on oppisite end of hive Reply with quote

Hello, I am from the US and the state of West Virginia and am new to bee keeping. I built a top bar hive and was able to get a local swarm of bees put in seven days ago they seem to be doing well, however the ball of bees started building comb at the opposite end away from the entrance which is 12 bars back against the follower board. Should I let them work there or move them to front, near the entrance? I have been checking in on them by looking through the bottom of the hive that is screened also they have 4 combs started and they appear to be straight.
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PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2014 1:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My view is to leave them to it. There may well be a good reason for it, perhaps to do with local conditions, that myself or anyone else here is not aware of.
Great to hear that you were able to start with a swarm and that they are building straight so far. Hope it continues and they thrive.

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PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2014 1:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the reply. Weather has been cool at night with lows in the 50's F and highs in the 70-80's F.
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PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2014 2:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

if they seem happy, leave them bee
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PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2014 9:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've got a colony doing the exact same thing first time it's happened to me. Also I had a starter comb 2nd bar back from end entrance so I thought they would use that. Quite a supprise to find them against the follower. Maybe It was warmer that end and away from the draught.
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