Hello, I'm interested in pursuing keeping a top bar hive. I've seen instructions on the web as to how to build one but I'm not very handy. Does anyone know where I could purchase a top bar hive? I'm in Portland so local would be good but not necessary. Thanks! Judith
Judith, I'm not trying to be a snot here...well maybe a little bit, but you should be able to find one from someone that failed at using one before. They aren't as easy as they are made out to be. A big problem is that bees like to have their comb arranged so air can flow through the spaces from the entrance. Most TBHs have the comb going across blocking ventilation. Personally I think you would be better off with a box hive. It costs a little more but everything is standard and expandable.
Judith, I have looked at the top bar hives also and eye balled their construction. I have two or three rusty saw blades and if you get the instructions and material I will build it. Cost, gotta love Starbuck's
Hey all you TBH folks. I think the cat's meow when it comes to TBH's is the Warri Hive. It works with the bees natural instinct to seek out a tree cavity. The best part is that when you think the bees have a surplus of honey just take off the top box, harvest and place it back on the bottom of the hive.
Post by Cacklewack on May 30, 2009 17:00:09 GMT -7
I think most top bar (warre and horizontal top bar) beekeepers would argue that they are less expensive, less invasive, and more suitable for the bees than a typical Langstroth hive. I presently have 9 top bar and 12 warre hives and I love them. I find them much easier to work than my Langstroth.
Post by laurelmtnlover on Jan 26, 2010 8:01:52 GMT -7
I started with my first hive, a TBH, last year, and love it. The bees love it. I bought my hive and am mentored by Joey, at www.customwoodkitsinternational.com . Joey is always available by phone, internet, and is a gifted educator and has a great love of bees. I highly recommend beekeeping in a TBH, for beginners or otherwise. It has been a joyful experience.