Month: January 2010

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. […]

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 […]

Multipurpose Top Bar Hive

Multipurpose Top Bar Hive

Want plans? Download a Google Sketchup based plan for this hive: multipurpose top bar hive.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 […]

Oxalic Acid Dribbling

Oxalic Acid Dribbling

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. Why Dribble It? It’s a safer way to get oxalic into a hive when the conditions are right. […]

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 […]