Top bar hive conversion to Langstroth hybrid

Our top bar hives have windows so that we can see how everyone's doing without opening the hive. The cream colored smudges is brace comb to help support the combs inside

Two of our top bar hives are overflowing with bees, full of comb and we were worried that they might decide to make a new queen which would mean that half of the bees would swarm and leave with the old queen.  So because a top bar hive doesn’t have the facility for additional space we decided to make a Langstroth (traditional hive) addition.  We made some conversion extensions for the top bars so that they could rest on the Langstroth box and moved a couple of the top bar combs into the addition.  The result looks like the house some neighbors built when I lived on the Big Island.  Interesting.

The addition might not win any architectural prizes:)

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~ by Anuttama on August 3, 2010.

2 Responses to “Top bar hive conversion to Langstroth hybrid”

  1. I so admire what you are doing!! Factory farming has gotten out of hand and it is refreshing to know that there are still people out there who have a respect for the animals we eat. You are awesome!!!

    • Thanks for the compliment! We consider all of our animals to be family members (except maybe the bees), so we wouldn’t consider eating them. However for people who do eat meat, I agree, they should raise the animal kindly and then do the deed honestly themselves. There would be much less disease if people were honest with themselves about how they treat animals.

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