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Cosmicwillow
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 11, 2015 7:29 pm    Post subject: Gap between top bars Reply with quote

Just checked hive today several combs away from brood combs are full of honey but the bees are starting to join across (just!), should spacers be placed in-between, if so, suggested width please.
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trekmate
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 11, 2015 9:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I find that 5 to 8 mm is usually OK. I have a few 10 mm for exceptional cross combing.
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David43
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 2015 10:20 pm    Post subject: Re: Gap between top bars Reply with quote

Bees will build comb in that space.
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