I have completed my first Top Bar hive and have some questions.
1) I started this hive with the intention of hopefully catching another swarm this year, and putting it in the Top Bar, but I also have a package coming in April. If I decide to hive the package in the top bar, where do I suspend or place the queen cage?
2) When first installing either a swarm or package, should the follower board be in about the center of the hive? The hive is 4 ft long and the bars are 17â€.
3) My follower board has about a 3/8â€ gap at the bottom. The sides fit snug. I can eliminate the gap, but thought I might leave it and place a jar of syrup behind the follower board to help build them up. Will the bees see the follower board as the end of the hive with that gap, or will they use the gap to start building comb behind the follower board before filling up the space in front?