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Topbar / Langstroth Frankenstein Hive! ...And Orange County Beekeepers Assn Flickr Page - waggledancers

emo_snalDec. 30th, 2010 12:59 pm Topbar / Langstroth Frankenstein Hive! ...And Orange County Beekeepers Assn Flickr Page9 comments - Leave a commentPrevious Entry Share Next Entry

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From:squid_ink
Date:December 30th, 2010 09:47 pm (UTC)
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I'm confused... every TBH I've seen, you add the bars as you need them and as the bees draw out the comb. You have all your frames in already (and I'm assuming the frames are bare, no wax?)

that little girl is a dead ringer for my niece 15 years ago (she's 19 now and still has the same color hair)
From:emo_snal
Date:December 30th, 2010 10:07 pm (UTC)
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Yeah that's definitely the normal way of it. But bees naturally would rather expand upwards, and langstroth boxes are more convenient to extract from.


Also a bit of a background here: I'm about to go do beekeeping with the Peace Corps in Africa. In undeveloped areas they usually use topbar hives because they're easier to construct, so I'm expecting to be working with topbar hives there. BUT to make it most convenient to eventually phase in some langstroth hives if possible it seems like this compatable design might make the transition smoother.
From:emmanate
Date:December 31st, 2010 04:01 am (UTC)
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Oh, wow! If you can, please keep us informed of your work! Sounds like a great adventure!