HI all, newbee to the forum and to beekeeping.
Thought I'd share some photos of my new top bar hives;
I ended up leaving an opening in front of the front-most bar once they'd started building comb, but also made another four entrance holes
And the bees
So far I've only done one inspection after the first four days and intend to another inspection soon to make sure all the comb starts off (it did) and remains straight. (we'll see)
My top bars are only 3cm wide and have 1cm triangular guides. I reasoned that they would leave a bee space on their own so the guides go right to the edge and the bee space seems to be being maintained so far. I am soon to have some more bars cut to 3.5cm for the honey, and will make some more 0.5cm spacers made.
I bought sugar water feeders although I was umming and ahhing about them, and the next one I build will have a closer gap between the side and bottom boards. They are 30cm high, 40cm wide and 120cm long.