I have just started keeping bees recently. I have kept bees before in Langstrtoth hives, but not Topbar hives. It seems that many people claim that Langstroth hives are more productive than top bar hives. I don't see any reason that would prevent topbar hives from being any more or less productive than langstroth hives. (I also am just a beginner.) So what are the reasons for these claims about Langstroth hives being more productive?
Take this scenario for example: You start with two packages of 3 pounds of bees each, and place one in a langstroth and one in a top bar hive. You treat each hive exactly the same way. At the time of the honey harvest shouldnt the results be about the same for both hives?
A better experiment would be to put 5 packages in langstroth and 5 in topbar hives. That way you would get a better average.