Re: Hello! Beginner Questions from Utah
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I recommend reading Michael Bush's page on Top Bar hives:
One key advantage to a top bar hive (TBH) is that they are easy (and inexpensive) to construct yourself, compared to Langstroth style hives.
Top bar hives have no need for an expensive extractor, but on the other hand, the crush and strain honey harvest of a TBH means bees must rebuild that crushed comb. Both hives styles work better when humans manage the space, but the space management issues are simply different.
I started with TBHs, and have expanded into langs. I expect that while I may maintain my original TBHs, future growth will be be with lang hives.
--- Practical reality trumps philosophy!