I haven't any real experience beyond seeing many videos and reading many sites regarding top bar hives.
I have a few questions if anyone would help me out a bit.
1) How large a colony can a top bar hive sustain? I understand it is less than a langstrom, but is it half, 2/3, any ideas?
2) Anyone in the Nebraska area with top bar hives might be able to help me with this one. Is there any advantage, disadvantage, suggestions on using a screened bottom on a top bar hive? I am thinking if one does used a screened bottom, it should have a solid board to fit in place for over-wintering purposes.
3) Because top ba hives hold smaller colonies than Langstrom, is the colony at more risk of not surviving over-wintering due to less mass/bees to help?