Re: Using Frames in a Topbar Hive
Well, there are hives "made" for the beekeepers convenience and there are hives "made" for the bees way of doing things.
Yes, I'm sorry that I broke the rules for a top bar hive.
If one wants to get as close to being a 'purist' in terms of the methodology of the intention of the type of hive they are using, then yes, using frames in a tbh 'breaks the rules'. The challenge of the tbh without frames is supposed to give the 'advantage' to the bees and little consideration to the beekeepers convenience.
As an experimentalist myself, I am far from being the one to say one can't try to intermingle methods of convenience with the intended hive methods. However, I do appreciate the intentions of the top bar hive and I, despite being an incurable experimentalist, do my best to run the majority of my hives according to original plan of the hive being used, using a very few for my experimenting.
I see nothing wrong with someone trying out a certain type of hive and the intended methodology of that hive and not finding it to their personal favor. There are other types of hives and methodologies that are able to be used and the bees are usually pretty forgiving in those areas.
If you try one and decide it's not for you, I say bravo to you for trying something different and moving on to something you feel you will be most successful with.
Everyone has their own area of comfort-ability in these things.
The variety in types of hives and methodologies is one of the great things about beekeeping. It allows for a greater number of people to be successful at it in a way that keeps them involved and enthusiastic.
Variety is after all, the spice of life.
No, I am NOT a bee "Keeper". Anything I post is just my opinion. Take it easy and think for yourself.