Category Archives: Top Bar Hives
Here is my post about why I’ve decided to use foundationless and top bar hives for my treatment-free style of beehive management. http://www.pleasedbees.com/wp/2011/02/04/why-top-bar-hives/
I moved a 5 frame conventional (Langstroth) nucleus hive into a top bar hive so they would have space to grow. The bottom corners of each frame are cut off to make the rectangular frame fit into the trapezoid shape of the top bar hive. Since I’m running only top bar hives now, it makes sense for me to have a consistent setup.
I have a strong opinion the best food for bees is honey or pollen they have collected themselves, and so I am reluctant to feed my bees cane sugar. Continue reading
The last 2 weeks have been cold & rainy, and I’ve been worried about the new package I installed in the top bar hive on April 10th. Continue reading
Here is what I found in today’s inspection: Tango hive: (new top bar hive) Humid inside! I need to drill some ventilation holes in the bottom, and maybe another entrance hole. There is comb drawn on 7 bars, 5 of … Continue reading