Greetings - I am trying to get started with top bar hives.
I am located in the Levant - and so I have no idea whether my native bees are small African or large European or....
So: what is the "wiggle room" for bee space?
Instead of trying to guess the width of the top bars - can I just lay bars out Warre-style (say, 25mm bars spaced 36mm) and close the hive with a wooden cover (1cm gap over the bars)? I am going with a top entry anyway to aid summer ventilation.
Will I be able to lift these bars - or will they be glued down by the bees?