I'll just say a little for now since I'm not sure how this works. But my most recent inspection, as like most, was cut short by the fact that I had more to do than I had time for. This time, my "quick inspection" found one hive queen-less (a recently captured swarm) and the top bar hive with comb spanning (ever increasingly) between bars. I had my first experience wiring comb back to a frame. We will certainly see how it goes. Unfortunately the wax that was drawn by last year's colony which didn't even make it into winter, was ruthlessly ensnared by the savage wax moths...oh yes Andy, it can happen to you. 23:14, 24 May 2010 (EDT)
Todays inspection showed that the new top bar hive was thriving, yet once again curling the edge of their combs. With much effort, lost comb, and sacrificed bees, I got it back together. Instead of wasting the honey that fell off though, I "extracted" it with a screen between two mason jars. This hive gave honey barely a month after swarming...crazy. The neat this is, they honey is minty...not sure what would have made that.
Also should be ready to extract two full supers in the next week form my #1 hive.