Re: Trying to decide between Top Bar and Langstroth
Top bar folks are kind of a niche group. I almost said fringe, but I would not go that far. I have both types of hives. I sell top bar hives on the side, and hope to expand to Lang nucs and top bar nucs in a couple of years. What kind of business do you want to do with your bees? Honey? Nucs? Queens? Pollination? Wax products? You really need to decide this before you spend a bunch of money. I only really know of one commercial top bar operation in the country: Wyatt Mangum's, and he had numerous pollination contracts. (Google his name and his book will come up, excellent read). Top bars are legal in all states, and are easier to inspect if that helps you any. Also, others might disagree with me, but I would get out of the mindset of never feeding your bees sugar. I think all that leads to is a bunch of starved hives. My last advice is t: research research research and keep asking questions. Also sqkcrk s suggestion about finding a bee club is a great one.
16 y, 30 hives ULBN, treat when needed.