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An Introduction to the Top Bar Hive Top Bar hive vs. Langstroth comparisons - Top Bar hives allow you to give the bees the ability to free form their honey combs rather than having it prestarted.

EXCELLENT  Video that shows the "Inside" workings of a Top Bar Hive .... a must watch for New Beekeepers!!!

This is an excerpt from the full length minute) DVD "Alternative Beekeeping Using the Top Bar Hive and The Bee Guardian Methods", available at BackYardHive

A Top-Bar Hive is an inexpensive and easy to build way to set up a one-level beehive. It is much easier to maintain than the stack of boxes seen in a typical manufactured Langstroth beehive.

Keeping Bees: Using the Top-Bar Beekeeping Method - Homesteading and Livestock

FREE Beehive plans: Fully illustrated, step-by-step guide to building a top bar hive, using simple tools and only basic woodworking skills.

Open source beekeeping - free plans to build your own top bar hive and resources for natural beekeeping.

Pros and Cons of Top Bar Hives

What is a top-bar beehive? The design of a top-bar beehive is a more natural style of bee keeping, allowing bees to choose style and size of comb.

open source beekeeping - free plans to build your own top bar hive

How to Build a Simple Top Bar Hive - easy instruction! also, I would add an eco floor to fill with cedar for year round use, and make a "quilt box"-(nylon laundry bags from the dollar store filled with cedar for winter for inside the roof)

Top Bar hive Harvest - great idea to put handles on the bars....also, metal post hive supports are a good idea because insects can't climb slippery surfaces.

Top Bar hive Harvest - great idea to put handles on the bars.also, metal post hive supports are a good idea because insects can't climb slippery surfaces.

triangle top bars for more surface area to attach honey comb therefore less chance of it breaking off

triangle top bars allow the bees more surface area to attach their comb and as a result they draw straighter, more stable combs

queen excluder for my top bar hive.  yup... would love to make this.

queen excluder for my top bar hive. This links to hundreds of pics of bees and hives

How to Make Fondant- make sure this will  drain if it melts so bees don't  drown!  I would just make patties or block to feed instead.

Feeding a Top Bar Hive

Fondant Board for Top Bar Hive. Sugar to feed bees. I think I'm going to try to never feed my bees, but I'll keep this for emergencies

An Introduction to the Top Bar Hive - SustainLife Blog

The top bar hive offers a number of important advantages, particularly to the homesteader or small-scale beekeeper. One key advantage is the ease .