Hi everyone,

Our next workshop will be on Top Bar Hives! See below for the details!

What?  Top Bar Workshop

When?  11:00AM on Saturday 30 July 2016

Where? 36 MacFarlane Street.  Lake Echo.

https://www.google.ca/maps/place/36+MacFarlane+St,+Lake+Echo,+NS/@44.7358582,-63.4008052,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x4b5a2fef28bd5c3d:0x1fc4a4408949e9f3!8m2!3d44.7358582!4d-63.3986165

Agenda?

Types of top bar hives:

Kenyan

Tanzanian

Langstroth long

Warre hive

Sun Hive

 

Advantages

Less disruptive inspections

Less lifting

All natural comb

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Can be built fairly cheaply, or out of scrap wood

 

Disadvantages

Need for more frequent inspections/manipulations/harvesting

Combs sometimes collapse/break off the bar.

Difficult to find nucs/packages for Tanzanian/Kenyan style.

Small top bar community and lack of standard hive dimensions make sharing difficult

 

Harvesting

Crush and strain

Cut comb

 

Overwintering issues

Condensation

Placement of stores vs brood

 

Management

Feeding

Swarm prevention

Keeping the bees drawing straight comb

Techniques for handling comb to insure it does not break

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