Open post

Heat

When it’s hot, working a top bar hive can cause comb failure. Comb failure in a hot top bar hive can destroy a colony. When it’s too hot, a beekeeper must not work a top bar hive. To prepare a top bar hive for hot weather: do all invasive type management early in the season […]

Continue readingMore Tag
Open post

Colony Growth

Like any newly born creature, a swarm has to struggle to become a mature colony. It: must find a suitable home build an appropriate nest rear a large quantity of brood gather sufficient food reserves defend itself from pests It’s no small task for a few pounds of bees to accomplish all this in just […]

Continue readingMore Tag
Open post

Cover

A cover protects the top bars from the weather. It drains precipitation. Provides shade and ventilation when it’s hot. And insulation when it’s cold. A properly designed and operated cover can make up for the lack of thermal mass associated with most man-made beehives. And it can greatly extend the useful life of the top […]

Continue readingMore Tag
Open post

Accessories

A top bar hive can function as a completely self contained hive without any additional equipment. But there are a few things that can make top bar hive beekeeping much easier: top bar stand – holds a top bar and comb permitting hands free management bee down strip – helps move bees down and into […]

Continue readingMore Tag
Open post

Top Bars

Top bars are simple wooden strips that rest on top of the hive body. They: are spaced at 1 1/4″, the thickness of a brood comb are rigid enough not to warp or bend can use starter strips to guide comb building can be reinforced for easier comb handling can be recessed to prevent lateral […]

Continue readingMore Tag

Posts navigation

1 2 3 6 7 8 9 10
Scroll to top