Albuquerque Beekeepers

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Topbar hive users.


Topbar hive users.

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

Members: 66
Latest Activity: Aug 1, 2018

Discussion Forum

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 ed crockett on May 27, 2015 at 10:44pm

are they on the same side as the entrance holes or on the opposite side?

Comment by Matt B on May 27, 2015 at 10:27pm

I have 3 entrances, at the bottom, and 3 ventilation holes, at the top, spaced evenly across one side of my hives. I use corks to open and close them as necessary although the bees will do that as well. The vents are covered with metal mesh on the inside.

Comment by ed crockett on May 27, 2015 at 10:01pm

I am building 2 top bar hives and my question is how and what do you do to get the proper ventilation through the hive, I live in Seattle WA. and moisture is a problem here especially throughout the winter months

Comment by Rhett Renoud on May 26, 2015 at 10:54pm

Great link.  Thanks for posting, Ivy. 

Comment by Ivy on May 26, 2015 at 4:20pm

Here is a some wonderful information about propolis.  Amazing stuff!

Comment by Carlos Aragon on May 7, 2015 at 1:16pm


I'll be bringing pieces of comb that you can attach to empty bars, if they don't work I may be able to pull some full bars out this weekend.

Comment by Michal Mudd on May 7, 2015 at 12:24pm

Hi Carlos,  that would be fantastic if you could.

Sorry, I made the mistake of replying the wrong way in my haste.

But I'll be there this eve.  Wearing a black baseball cap for recognition.

Comment by Carlos Aragon on May 4, 2015 at 8:22pm
I can bring some to the meeting Thursday.
Comment by Michal Mudd on May 4, 2015 at 4:41pm

I was going to get comb from some folks here but found I had one and another friend gave me one.  I thought I was on the right track.  It seems the girls rejected my comb though, taken it down, and have gone on their merry way building awry!  It is totally gone!, both of them.   Does anyone still have some comb, especially a larger piece, that I could buy off you?

We're going great guns but I have no hope of straightening out what they've done while I've been going nuts at work and been out of town unless I can get them to be happy with the addition.

Comment by Rhett Renoud on April 24, 2015 at 8:54am

Jefferson, I do not have a TBH hive.  Everyone that I know who has Top Bar Hives seem to have a lower success rate in keeping bees, which is why I've steered away from them.  I agree with Dorian, the build of the hive is probably critical.  In my opinion, there is less room for error in a Langstroth or Warre, but this is based on what I have read and observed through the eyes of other beekeepers.  I realize that Les Crowder uses TBH hives at a higher elevation, but I don't know what his overall success rate is.  Bees are highly resilient and can survive in many living conditions.  But surviving and thriving are very different.        


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