Re: How would you all respond to this "constructive criticism" of the top bar hive?
Clumsy bear, I have both. a lang for 5 weeks and the top bar for two so not a ton of experience. But I can say they both have there pros and cons. the lang is a terror for me right now because the brood nest is down there under a couple of boxes and I really shouldn't mess with it. The top bar it is right there like everything else is so it is no more disruptive to check on brood as it is to check on anything else. But disruption of the top bar so far is way more serious. cutting and reattaching of comb. tearing things up on a regular basis. nectar the bees have worked hard for getting spilled from comb. brood put at risk. now that is a nightmare and it really does not set well with me. That is not everyone's experience with a top bar and getting comb drawn so I may have just drawn the short straw. I love visiting my bees and do it more often than I should . But I don't really like feeling like the drunken belligerent uncle Mo afterward. But for now that looks like how it will be for a while. They are getting better at putting the comb where it needs to be so maybe this will turn around for me in the next couple of days.
If I had to put it in simple terms. I find the top bar easy in regard to most things. the lang is flexible. There are also things that I think might be worthwhile to do in regard to top bar "Frames" I think it might take out most of the negative for me. at least until the hive outgrows the box.
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