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Hive Body

A top bar hive body must be large enough for both the bees and the beekeeper’s needs. And it’s shape can enhance colony function: taller hives can overwinter better shorter hives can dissipate interior heat faster shorter hives permit harvesting honey from more frequent, less intense nectar flows Beyond a top bar hive’s shape, additional […]

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Stocking

To stock a top bar hive with bees it’s import to consider: a location timing a source for bees feeding disturbance Location Top bar hive bees have the same location requirements as bees in other hives. They need a location that’s: secure sheltered got good air drainage has maximum biodiversity close to a clean and […]

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Kenyan Top Bar Hive

Want plans? Just save or print this image. Need more? Here’s a Google Sketchup based plan for this hive: kenyan.skp Criteria I used the following criteria for a functional top bar hive: easily built use conventional material 3 to 4 deep supers in volume low to the ground preventing wind or cattle damage easily moved […]

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