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why I use a topbar? I went into it properly for the first time this season. Lovely calm bees, nice comb, laying pattern slightly haphazard. Got to their stores and the first comb was braced, the heavy comb broke off, the next one looked a bit vulnerable so my nerve went and I moved the next few in a group. Guilt and regret but this might distract them from swarming as I did see one queen cell. None of them were fully capped off so I didn't get a good piece of honeycomb either. But yes, greed is why I keep a topbar hive, not so much mine as my partners. Smile

Cross combing is an issue that improves with time.
If you put an empty bar between two good uncrossed & move the worst to the outside eventually you will have a set of good combs.
When you harvest crossed comb scrape all the wax off so as not to encourage further x combing when you return to the hive. When you harvest a good comb leave an inch of comb to keep them on the straight & narrow.

as a small happy aside from your technical chat the bees i mentioned a few days back turned out to bee (ha ha )wood bees and i have relocated their birdbox to a safer place Laughing

Thanks Tav, I will try that.
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