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  1. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    Cannot decide on what to put on top of my ktbh to deal with the Texas heat. Do they need air space up there? Inner and outer lid? Material? Got all my cedar for the hives really cheap. Would like to use more cedar for the roof. Flat roof, pitched roof? Any other beeks in hot climates, tell me...
  2. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    I thought I would post my experience of installing a package. Top bar hive as per Michael Bush design. Top entrance. Received package - Arataki, NZ origin. Tube. 3 LBS of bees and a queen. Installed at dusk in about 12 degrees C. The bees had access to 9 bars which included 5 complete brood...
  3. Bee Forum
    My husband is finishing up our top bar hive build. Most of the hive is made of maple plywood. What are your recommendations as far as sealing/painting? I like the look of natural wood, but am wondering if the linseed oil will take too much maintenance. I'm especially worried since we used...
  4. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    I am a first year beekeeper and a KTBH beekeeper. I was asked to share my experiences with KTBHs with my bee club. I've included the link to the presentation so if you want to use it by all means, go ahead. Most all of the clear pictures are of my hives and the ones which are not as sharp are...
  5. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    Just finished installing bees in my TBH from a nuc. I really wanted to go with a package install for my top bar hive but none of the breeders in the area had any available so I had to go with a nuc. Some people mentioned just shaking the bees into the hive like a package but I wanted to make...
  6. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    I am going to build a 4’ long, Kenya Top Bar Hive (KTBH) and want to know what you all suggest for the minimum amount of space I should have set aside to place my bees into once they arrive? I’ve seen videos where people make “follower” boards, which reduces the space down from 4’ to another...
  7. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    I was thinking about how to improve the KTBH design so I built 3 small ones out of poplar measuring 19" x 19" by 10" tall with a 1" left entrance in each. Made the base 19" x 19" x 3/4" plywood so that they can be stacked and drilled six 1" holes so that bees can move up and down. Basically...
  8. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    I'm new to TBH but have been tinkering with various hive designs and started thinking about the bars and strengthening the comb. What do y'all think about running a thin (1/8") dowel or three perpendicular to the top bar so that the dowels "hang", thereby creating more comb stability in the...
  9. Welcome Forum
    Hello All! I posted without seeing the introduction forum. Sorry! I yam a crazy midwestern white boy who doesn't belong on this planet, and possibly any other. After my teenage years, I ended up in Florida where I spent 30 years getting dragged down. Finally came back to the home my parents...
  10. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    Hello all! First post. I have access to bees in an old Langstroth which I know haven't been handled in years. The hive consists of 2 deeps with one super in between, and something like 3 supers on top. The bottom board is no longer visible, it's buried in barn detritus; the bees have chewed...
  11. Photo/Video Gallery
    Just playing around with designs but i really like this one: Chateau Choucroute: A Modern hive for discriminating bees. http://www.flickr.com/photos/ezrahug/4696494673/ 26" long, 12" high, 19" wide with 18 bars. Cedar shingled roof, bright body, asymmetrical cover. I want to make people...
  12. Photo/Video Gallery
    First year beekeeper in NYC (i know, original, right ;). Have 4 langs cranking and got a yen to build a KTBH. Love the simplicity and do it yourself aspect of the TBH. We'll see how i like the upkeep ;). Chose to locate the KTBH in the country in Piermont, NY because of their tendency to...
  13. Welcome Forum
    First year beekeeper taught by Andrew Cote of NYC Beekeeping Assoc. First hive (langstroth) installed in West Village April 25th on 8th Ave and 13th street is doing great. Added second deep last weekend, girls slowed on sugar water. Last weekend i got a yen to make a KTB hive so i did some...
  14. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    Hello, I'm a first year bee keeper and, after getting my first langstroth hive well underway in late April, have just completed a KTBH. http://www.flickr.com/photos/ezrahug/sets/72157624181259474/ I'd like to keep the exterior a natural wood finish and i've read up on linseed oil/bees wax...
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