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Strip Built Top Bar Hive

Affreux describes his strip built top bar hive at BeeSource. What a beautiful hive! The design reminds me of Barry Birkey’s top bar hive with several neat additions: an integrated, ventilated cover storage space underneath the cover ventilation/drainage/cleanout hive body slot entrance protection above the entrance detachable hive stand Could there be a more beautiful […]

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Build a Top Bar Hive

Top bar hives are the ultimate do-it-yourself hive. They: can be built from local material require few construction tools or skills can be designed to fit unique needs cost almost nothing can be easily modified or scrapped Just about anyone, regardless of experience, can easily build a fully adequate and functional top bar hive. So […]

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Top Bar Hive Podcast

Craig’s organically managed beekeeping blog, The Southern Maryland Beekeeper, is back online. And there’s a neat podcast with Matt Reed of BeeThinking.com. Matt runs and manufactures top bar hives. I’ve tried to stay away from endorsing or promoting any commercial product that I haven’t personally tried. So, when a top bar hive manufacturer drops a […]

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Honey Production

A colony doesn’t mindlessly work floral sources. When they have enough reserves, and their population is optimal, hive activity decreases including foraging. Exceptionally large surpluses don’t naturally occur. Storing an excess surplus would: needlessly increasing foraging risks stress bees as they prepare for winter clogs open cells needed for overwintering and spring brood rearing Surplus […]

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