Albuquerque Beekeepers

Urban beekeeping in New Mexico's largest city.

Topbar hive users.


Topbar hive users.

This group is for people who are interested in learning more about topbar beekeeping.

Members: 66
Latest Activity: Mar 25

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Seasonal Laying Patterns 2 Replies

Hello All, On inspection of my only hive 2 weeks ago and again today my hive population seems smaller. There is a lot of honey production, and many vacated (dark cells). I did not find the queen or…Continue

Started by Jeannie Pace. Last reply by Jeannie Pace Jul 16, 2018.

Dead Hive Clean Up 5 Replies

The hives on my property (which were attended to by a friend) have died. We have removed the old comb and honey before the robber bees could get to it. I will be taking over (for the first time ever)…Continue

Started by Sigrid Blom. Last reply by Sigrid Blom Apr 24, 2018.

Inspections 3 Replies

Hello All, Finally living a dream by installing my first package of bees two weeks ago. I gave the gals 9 days to settle in before making an inspection. I limited the hive to 8 bars as a starter.  I…Continue

Tags: inspections

Started by Jeannie Pace. Last reply by Elizabeth Lake Apr 13, 2018.

Questions about my hive 4 Replies

Hi friends,My most recent inspection of my backyard top bar hive revealed a couple of things that I'm wondering about.  I attended the last mentoring session with Lulu and Mark and learned A LOT,…Continue

Started by Emily Hurd. Last reply by Elizabeth Lake Aug 18, 2017.

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Comment by Mary Lee Moeny on March 31, 2015 at 4:32pm

Both my hives died.  Varroa + complications - I am guessing.  Maybe Aug or Sept it had been suggested to me that I requeen but because of other factors, I didn't do that.  The two hives had been iffy all along, so, I'm telling myself that this is a Learning Experience.  I will certainly act sooner next time.

Comment by Carlos Aragon on March 31, 2015 at 4:30pm

They both have local unmarked queens, one a captured swarm, one supercedure.

Comment by Carlos Aragon on March 31, 2015 at 4:29pm

I lost a nuc with a commercially raised queen and poor ventilation as a result of the entrances been covered in snow by the last big storm we had. My other two full size topbar hives both survived.

Comment by Charles Rogers on March 15, 2015 at 8:59am

The fish tank sounds like a good idea for observation' show and tell',

just remember, don't fill the tank with water......................

Comment by Darren Jewell on March 14, 2015 at 11:14pm

You are too modest, I think you got it nailed and anything you don't know I'm sure that your grand pappy could steer you right.  As far as the fish tank, you are probably right because it has 90 degree angles and wooden frames.  The concept is somewhat top barish though.  I'm looking forward to seeing how it works out.  Hopefully you can show it off to the group later this year after its running strong.  You did an awesome job of building it, I'm impressed.

Comment by Darren Jewell on March 12, 2015 at 10:50pm

Thanks for the invite Jefferson.  Sure enough I need to learn more about TB beekeeping.  It's all so..  foreign to me..

Does the fish tank count as a Top Bar Hive?

Comment by Rhett Renoud on February 10, 2015 at 2:30pm

Thanks for the link Jefferson! 

Comment by Rhett Renoud on October 4, 2014 at 9:53am

Jefferson, have you tried building this design yet? 


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