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Vertical Top Bar Hive

Here’s a Google Sketchup based plan for this hive: vertical top bar hive.skp Criteria I’ve come up with my version of a vertical top bar hive using the following criteria: designed for prolific bees in a northern climate tall enough for small cell sized comb development one box per season rotation square configuration interchangeable cover […]

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Tanzanian Top Bar Hive

Plans? Want plans? You can save and print this image. Or download a Google Sketchup based plan for this hive: tanzanian.skp Criteria Since building the Kenyan top bar hives, my priorities have changed: no need to raise queens or nucs in the far end prefer harvesting at several, frequent intervals sloped sides don’t reduce comb […]

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Vertical Top Bar Hives

After reading about: David Heaf’s modified Warre’ Hive Ian Rumsey’s Simple Beehive and Beekeeping and browsing through the material at Phil Chandler’s Biobees site I wondered if a vertical top bar hive might be the ultimate natural comb hive. It’s shape and orientation are a better approximation to the natural tree cavities bees prefer. And […]

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Harvest

Harvesting top bar hive honey requires almost no additional equipment. And the honey and beeswax obtained are the best quality that can be produced. To harvest honey, appropriate brood and pollen free combs are selected from the honey storage area: bees are brushed off the comb the comb is cut off the top bar top […]

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Working

To work a top bar hive, a beekeeper must know: about old habits what to take how open a top bar hive how to cut comb attachments how to safely remove top bars how to handle top bar comb how to insert top bars when not to open a top bar hive Old Habits I […]

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