Generally those are referred to as top bar hives, and there are plenty of people that use them.What are the reason's for not using a horizontal hive? I see the vast majority of keepers using the vertical hives, but would a horizontal hive perform just as well? Who out there are using long langs?
I believe they are referring to framed horizontal hives. Its possible to add boxes too them just like a vertical lang. From what I understand that style is somewhat popular in europe and russia. Great for folks who like the working height and accessibility of top bars but dislike the fragility of free hanging comb, fixing warped/crossed combs and destoying comb during extraction with tbh.Generally those are referred to as top bar hives, and there are plenty of people that use them.
They aren't as easy to harvest honey from though as you don't have nice convenient boxes you can swap in and out.
John, I think you're referring to Honeybee Democracy. "Social Democracy" is going to be a dogwhistle for a certain segment of forum members.Dr Seeley's work in his book Social Democracy indicates bees prefer a vertical orientation for the hive.
There is a reason bees like to store most of their reserves above the brood nest in the wild and in langs. Vertical orientation is energetically and biologically favorable for honeybees.
What is the reason they swarm more?I have 2 long hives in my back yard plus assist some friends who have them. They are good for people who do not want to lift a box off a hive, and just harvest honey in small amounts. Other than that they are good for people who want to do more work, get less honey, and have the bees swarm more.