Re: How would you all respond to this "constructive criticism" of the top bar hive?
I woudl say you have to look at yourself for what you saw in his post. I read the entire thing and didn't see a thing wrong with it.
Top Bars are not a cure all. They may not be the best start for a new keeper, and they do have issues of their own. They are still an artificial environment to keep bees in and I don't get even the suggestion that they will cause bees to be calmer. That one just seems a bit suspicious as far as a claim would go. Maybe there is an advantage that a newb would not be ticking the bees off as much by fumbling around.
So I could just repeat what Mark B said above.
And yes Mark, We do agree far more than you might think. Including that I may very well just be another newb hell bent on destruction. I realize that. But I'm enjoying the view while it still looks rosy. Check back in a year, after I've ticked off a few hives. Most likely setting right here with my bees dead. Well see if those glasses have gotten slapped off my face by then.
Stand for what you believe, even if you stand alone.