I've been trying to find info related to winter survival rates of Lang hives vs TBH's in Southern Oregon. Also wanted to see if anyone here makes TBH nucs? I'm a bit disabled and so far am finding it more viable to go with TBH vs Langs in theory anyways. ;-)
I'm not in your area, but in Seattle I overwinter TBH in both full 4 foot hives and smaller 1 foot nucs. For disabilities the advantage is there is no heavy lifting and you can work them at one height to minimize bending over. However TBH are a lot more work to maintain and keep comb straight and expect you will need to be in them weekly during spring and early summer fixing comb issues. Overall inspections will take longer as well.
As far as winter survival from observation as long as they are dry and have food nearby there isn't much difference. TBH tend to fail more often because people keeping them try to go natural without doing anything about their mites.
Last Edit: Jul 18, 2016 11:24:45 GMT -7 by jeffcool
Thank you Jeff, I posed the same sort of question on another forum and it was suggested I look at the hybrid design of the Lang horizontal long hive. It answers a couple of concerns I've had about the Kenyan? TBH. Namely, the traditional comb, not being readily able to accept traditional Lang frames from a nuc or swarm box. I know I could build everything I need but as a new beek, I don't want to start out a step behind so to speak. I'm also thinking if the long box is built right then in a pinch I could put a row of supers on top of the "foundational hive". I am looking at getting started next spring so I've got some to do lots more research. I'm also looking at helping out anyone who wants a hand. :-)