Un-Checker Boarding

Un-Checker Boarding

Checker Boarding vs Conventional Methods The Idea After a decade of checker boarding, a beeyard was reconfigured and run in a conventional manner. During the checker boarding phase: hives were in 3 deep brood chambers checker boarded in March required no additional feeding produced more than twice the average honey crop less than 10% of the hives tried to swarm minimal inspections/labor Conventional setup: hives […]

Build a Top Bar Hive

Build a Top Bar Hive

The Idea Tbhs are the ultimate do-it-yourself hive for a non-commercial beekeeper. They: can be built from almost any local building material require few construction tools or skills can be designed to fit unique beekeeper needs cost almost nothing to build can be easily modified or scrapped Since a tbh’s volume and shape are fixed, it’s important that a tbh is evaluated for suitability before […]

Build or Buy It?

Build or Buy It?

Long Ago and Far Away It’s been 32 years since I built my first top bar hive! There weren’t even any tbh plans back then. Just the concept of a sloped sided box with comb wide top bars. That first tbh was built as a novelty. And it never saw a single bee. I was involved with keeping thousands of commercial hives which took all […]

Top Bar Hive Podcast

Top Bar Hive Podcast

Craig’s organically managed beekeeping blog, The Southern Maryland Beekeeper, is back online and has another neat podcast concerning top bar hive/Warre’ style beekeeping.   In this podcast he interviews Matt Reed of BeeThinking.com. Matt runs and manufactures top bar hives. On my blog, I’ve tried to stay away from endorsing or promoting any commercial product that I haven’t personally tried. So, when a tbh manufacturer […]

Parasitic Fly Threatens Bees

Parasitic Fly Threatens Bees

There’s a new honeybee pest in North America. It’s a native A. borealis phorid fly who lays eggs inside honeybee workers. The larva change bee behavior. This fly apparently has switched hosts from native bumble bees to the honeybee. Could this fly be a factor in some forms of CCD? Today on Science Friday, Ira Flatow had a segment with John Hafernik, a biology professor […]

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