My top bar hive is an unusual style. Most bee hives today are the Langstroth hive, boxes on boxes that you’ve probably seen along the roadway. They are perfect for producing a great quantity of honey while pollinating large acreages.
I didn’t need that.
I wanted a small amount of honey for myself, maybe some beeswax for some crafts, and pollinators for my garden and trees. I wanted something that could work on small acreages, even though I probably qualify as large! Top bar hives are perfect for suburban sites, and even rooftop city living. I also didn’t want to have to invest in lots of equipment, although, setting up is not too cheap anyway that you look at it!
Well, I take that back. If last fall I had my act together, I am perfectly capable of building a top bar hive… I probably could have got a bee suit off of ebay (or been brave enough to go without), and gleaned enough info off of youtube to make an honest go of it.
But, I didn’t. I waited til the last bit, bought the hive pre-built, bought a new suit, a dvd, and a fancy hive tool (which was a want, not a need!). I did pass on the hand blown honey jar and bee necklace, though! 😉 I lucked out by getting my bee order in just under the wire.
Remember, this was designed to be used in Kenya with whatever materials were at hand.
Me? I wanted gorgeous! This is. The quality of workmanship is excellent. Corners match. Screws are countersunk. Everything is sanded.
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