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Top Bar Bee Hive

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I built a top bar bee hive last week and transferred a wild hive into it yesterday. The hive was from a neighbors bird house, he is allergic to bee stings and wanted to remove or kill the bees, I volunteered to take it. Before I was done with the bee box they split a swarm off before I could catch them, but the main group is doing fine in their new home. I think this hive design will help in the control of the mite problems bees seem to get, this hive has an open bottom with screen over it and will allow the mites to drop out of the hive instead of accumulating in the bottom.
The "v" shaped sides allow the colony to build their heart shaped combs naturally rather than a man-made shape as in the traditional boxy Langstroth hives.


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Thanks Andi for the tip on mite control, I was going to use eucalyptus shavings around mine but the plants would be a good natural addition.
Hey BB, I sure would like to get some plans and measurements on how to build these.

I kept bees for 25 years the old way.

I'd like to try something new this spring!

Thanks, - BC
Here is the link to the plans that I used... natural beekeeping using low-cost, low impact top bar hives
This is the pdf file link... How To Build A Top Bar Hive by Philip Chandler in Crafts & Hobbies
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