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chancemft
Tucson, AZ

January 31, 2011
9:18 PM

Post #8341963

Interested in conversing with anyone who has experiance with top bar bee hives.
Imagesoart
Los Gatos, CA

March 7, 2011
3:53 PM

Post #8412959

I have one. Last year was the first year. It did great, but it was in the wrong location. Too sunny and about the end of August, during a heat spell, all the bees absconded.

But until that point, it was making great comb and had some honey in it. I am new, so there are others who, I am sure will have more to say...

It was easy and had a window on the side for easy viewing.

I am just now deciding to get another of the same, or switch to a different one.
chancemft
Tucson, AZ

March 8, 2011
9:21 AM

Post #8414399

Did you build your own, or order it? I watched a thing on building one, seemed simple enough, but you know that is , it's never as simple as it looks! Did the bees attach there comb to the inside walls? or just the top bars?
Imagesoart
Los Gatos, CA

March 8, 2011
6:16 PM

Post #8415398

I bought it. There are some out there that are on stands and that seems to be a good idea.

The comb attaches to the top bars, and build downwards from there. You have to be careful when picking up the combs, only turn them up in a line. So, do not make them horizontal then up, because they break off.

I will send you a link to some sites about hives.
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 4b)

March 8, 2011
7:51 PM

Post #8415638

My daughter wants to place a hive in my garden. I was googling about this hive setup and it seems to be simpler to operate. Can run from $59 to $450 though.
ldy_gardenermd
Highland, MD
(Zone 7a)

April 22, 2011
9:39 AM

Post #8513413

I suggest reading the Barefoot Beekeeper and checking out the site that goes with the book http://www.biobees.com/
I've just ordered my top bar hive from here http://www.beethinking.com/store/top-bar-hives/top-bar-hive-with-window?gclid=CNPK4r_HsKgCFQNx5QodnHy3GQ and am looking forward to getting started. I did a TON of research on hives and the various methods of keeping bees. I want a hive more for the bees than I do for honey or comb and these hives seem much more user friendly than the big boxes!
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 4b)

April 22, 2011
10:24 AM

Post #8513475

Thanks Idy. I will pass this on to Laura. We haven't given up on the hive yet. Just that my husband is concerned about being strafed and bitten while in the back yard.
chancemft
Tucson, AZ

April 25, 2011
11:31 AM

Post #8519377

Well, I finaly got mine built. Took onley a few hours to build, very simple. I would like to attract a swarm but I guess I'll have to buy some bee's to it started. I'll try to take some pics of it so I can post it on here.
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 4b)

April 25, 2011
11:41 AM

Post #8519400

Where did you get your plans or did you just backward engineer from drawings and pictures?
Thank
Mary
chancemft
Tucson, AZ

April 26, 2011
9:17 AM

Post #8521542

I think it was the bio bees plans. There is realy nothing to it. 2 12" boards 48" long, secured to an end board 7" wide at the bottom and 12" wide at the top.
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 4b)

April 26, 2011
9:27 AM

Post #8521556

Thanks for the info on building a hive.
bluebunn
Rutledge, TN

May 5, 2011
11:36 AM

Post #8541674

Just got a bar beehive off EBAY for $70. It came in pieces and was easily assembled. You tube is just loaded with onfo on these type of hives. One of the best things I learned was to brush melted beeswax (easily obtainable) on the inside bars, it makes the new bees feel right at home.
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 4b)

May 5, 2011
11:52 AM

Post #8541696

Bluebunn, I saw these also but wasn't sure if they were the 'real deal' and would work. Thanks, as I am not the sharpest tool in the shed for hand work.
cargalrn
Pittsburgh
United States

August 31, 2011
11:16 PM

Post #8788014

Try www.customwoodkitsinternational.com or build your own from his plans for free. A great resource. I have three of his hives and one of my own. Love my bees and hives, not treating them, never have in 4yrs and very healthy. Learning curve. Michael Bush is best of topbar hive beeks on www.bushfarms.com.
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Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 4b)

September 1, 2011
8:13 AM

Post #8788418

Thanks cargalm. I will take a look.

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