>So in a TBH, what would you expect their first regression to be? If they are 5.4 and you let them build the comb?
The problem with packages is I don't know if they are 5.4mm. They could have been raised on 5.4mm or Pierco (5.2mm) or Mann Lake PF100s (4.95mm). So they might build anywhere from 5.2mm to 4.7mm on the first try.
I used the 5.4 number as a hypothetical starting that I have gotten from reading both your stuff and the articles in other places. What I have been trying to get clearer in my head before I start the next package is what I might expect to see, and if the bees will take the steps on their own, I am content to learn the management practices to let them do that.
People pull honey from hives anytime the bees have a surplus. If you work the larger combs to the outsides of the brood nest eventually you'll get them to emerge and fill with honey. Then you can harvest them.
>Is this where fashioning a QE for the TBH would be useful, to move brood comb to the far side so it can hatch out before culling?
I wouldn't bother with a queen excluder. It's not necessary. Once the combs make it to the edge of the brood nest and the bees contract the brood nest in the fall they are easy to pull without taking any brood.
Ah. Okay. I envision the queen running all over the combs, and needing all the extra space she can get to do her work.
So when I put the package in, I put the QC on bar 4 or 5, and then let the brood expand for the year. At the point the brood contracts, you remove the combs on the edges and then start adding empty bars to the center or 'front' of the brood area so that the larger combs are pushed outwards from the brood the following year, and then remove the combs again after next year's brood contraction?
Does the placement of the entrance on the TBH affect how this management is done? End versus Side.