1st Top Bar Hive

Our new horizontal top bar hive has arrived!

The hive was made by a friend, Bill Roberts, using the free plans which can be downloaded from Phil Chandler’s biobees website.  Here are some photos of Bill and the empty hive when it first arrived in April 2012:

The lid is made to be as light as possible


One of the two follower boards which limit the extent of the colony, closing it in at each end, is on the left in the picture. They can be moved as the colony expands or contracts so that the bees can manage the space easier.

The bees attach their comb to the underside of the bar

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