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  1. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    Hi, Yesterday I finally captured a swarm for my first hive and in my excitement put a thin leafy 20" cherry branch inside the hive. The stragglers had swarmed on this branch and thought it would be the best way to make sure they all got in... It is a top bar hive set up to keep the bees in the...
  2. For Sale
    Greetings from Gold Star Honeybees! The Gold Star Deluxe top bar hive kit gets the Gold ⭐️ Star when it comes to easy inspections, quality construction, versatility, and in-the-field lifespan. Made of sustainable, long-lasting cypress, our Deluxe Hive kit will make your beekeeping journey...
  3. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    I put photos of my hive check in an album on this site. I hope you can check them out:)
  4. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    I am new to beekeeping and the bees have been in the hive for one week today. The queen was released day three. Is it too soon to do an inspection and see how things are going? I have read different advice on this saying now is the time to check out the hive and others saying that it is too...
  5. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    Looking at dozens of videos on making top bars I have not seen much on using a 1"+ wax foundation melted into a groove in the top bar. Would this be a royal pain in the rear or is it a workable system? After making about 20 bars with tongue depressors glued into them... ugh my saw blade is...
  6. Welcome Forum
    Newbee to the forums here, 1+ years with bees, ok they are my wife's bees but I'm working on my own hive :p My hive is the TBH on the right, my wife's hive is one the left. We have not talked about making a split just yet but it's not off the table. I'm getting into Top Bar hives due to...
  7. Beekeeping 101
    Will be starting new this spring. I have 3 new hives, a standard Langstroth from Mann Lake, one langstroth I built using the mann lake as a guide, and one 52" Top Bar I built similar to Crowder and Bush's design . I live in the middle of suburbia but at the end corner of a development, the lots...
  8. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    I've always wanted to keep bees so this year I built a hive and started. So far all is well!
  9. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    I would like to build a top bar hive this year. I presently use all langstroth hives, but would like to try out the TBH's. Since I'm not at all familiar with this type of hive, I was hoping that some of you with good knowledge of these could recommend a hive plan to me. I am a woodworker and...
  10. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    So I've been checking my hive about every two weeks and just peeking in the window. They seem to be doing pretty good. Much activity today since the temp is about 38 degrees. My question is... Is it normal to have the entire floor of hive covered in dead bees? It seems like they aren't...
  11. Welcome Forum
    I am new to the beekeeping world all together. My Grandpa and I each started our own top bar hive this summer. It has been a blast, and it is so nice to have someone so close to compare my hive to. His hive has been awesome! Mine on the other hand, has struggled a bit. I will learn the in and...
  12. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    My second cut out went into the first hive I built. I kept it at my Mom's property out of the city since I live where backyard beekeeping isn't allowed. The colony didn't survive for more reasons than i need to go into, so I cleaned it out and took it home since I decided to put hardware cloth...
  13. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    Hi there, Would you mind taking a look at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdIeGZRZrv0 and letting me know if this month old top bar colony is making comb correctly. It's not filling out the entire length of the bar built to Phil Chadler's specs which is 17 inches. Will they get bigger over time...
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