I got your top bar hive for Christmas and am in the process of buying a starter colony. Here in New York my cherry, pear,and apple trees are just blooming. I’m pretty sure I have to feed the bees. Can I place a very shallow dish in the bottom of the hive box? I would put a good length of twine in the dish so the bees could have a place to sit .
Also I have heard to put a few drops of lemongrass oil near the enterance as this encourages the bees to stay. Is the sugar water a 1 to 1 ratio?
I am so excited about bee culture. This is my first attempt and I don’t even care if I don’t get any honey. I am reading all I can about bees and they are fasinating creatures.
I have a bee keeper in the area who sets up 20 - 30 hives in my back pastures every year for the goldenrod and clover. My one topbar will be about 1/4 mile away from his bees. Will there be any interference?