Month: November 2011

Feeding

Feeding

A newly stocked top bar hive needs continuous feeding until it makes a living. And eventually, a beekeeper will encounter hungry hives that need feeding. Failing to feed a hungry hive always impacts colony growth. Extended hunger demoralizes a hive and threatens its survival. When […]

How I Build Top Bar Hives

How I Build Top Bar Hives

Hive Body My top bar hive bodies are built from 1″ x 6″ x 6′ lumber, glued together forming the basic building stock. Individual parts are cut out of the building stock. Then they are glued and screwed together.           Top […]

Beehive Probiotic News

Beehive Probiotic News

Here’s an interesting link to a Cosmos article describing some bee gut bacteria transfer experiments. Previous research demonstrated how honeybee gut bacteria increase disease resistance. For me, the implications are clear. Running bees un-naturally makes a cascade of unintended consequences. That’s been my own beekeeping […]