Boxes and Frames

Boxes and Frames

I’ve got a menagerie of equipment, top bar hives, Lang hives, combo hives, nucs, observation hives, etc. I thought that by giving them away and moving to Florida, I’d restart my beekeeping there. And I’d standardize on one kind of equipment, probably top bar hives. But by returning to Wyoming, I’ve got it all back again. It’s a mess. The Lang equipment is failing apart. […]

New Top Bar Hive Design

New Top Bar Hive Design

My Tanzanian top bar hive is a good hive. It is completely compatible with conventional beekeeping equipment. It can be run in various configurations. And it’s easy to build. It’s a conventional long hive with top bar hive functionality. But it has one major drawback common to all long hives using top hanging frames: Empty space is either below or beyond the frames. If more […]

Multipurpose Top Bar Hive

Multipurpose Top Bar Hive

The Plan Want plans? Download a Google Sketchup based plan for this hive: multipurpose tbh.skp Before building this hive, be sure to check the length of your Langstroth frames. This hive is designed to work with 19″ long frames. If yours are larger, be sure to modify this design to accommodate them. The Details Criteria Need a taller hive and want to transition away from […]

Oxalic Acid Dribbling

Oxalic Acid Dribbling

The Idea Dribbling oxalic is a non-contaminating, relatively safe, and cost effect varroa mite treatment. It is quick to apply and can be used when hives can be opened. The Details Why Dribble It? It’s a safer way to get oxalic into a hive when the conditions are right. no fire danger no errant fumes Formulation Basics Accuracy is required. For some reason, oxalic acid […]

End of Winter Thinking

End of Winter Thinking

Well, I’ve gone and done it. I’ve settled on an equipment plan and ordered the stuff. So, did I choose a traditional top bar hive for its simplicity and cost effectiveness? Or Warre’s for their modularity and minimal management? Or my next top bar hive/long hive for it’s flexibility? Or stick with conventional equipment run with natural comb and managed in a natural way? I’ve […]

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