Saturday, May 15, 2010

TopBar Beekeeping Workshop.

My TopBar hive with the roof off and me unsticking the bars , I didn`t get to into it as it was windy and the bees started to get grumpy - I managed to pull acouple of bars up and everyone got a quick glimpse of wax comb.
This is my first TopBar workshop, held today at my home. I am so excited at how well it all went, even with thunderstorms occasionally ! Everyone was very keen to learn about the TB and beekeeping with no one having seen this type of hive before. I was lucky enought to have a spare empty hive to show them the insides and just how it all works.
I had put together a folder of information I felt they needed to know, we talked about Langstroth hives also and they were able to compare the 2 with my Lang full of busy bees to.
In between heavy showers we ventured out to check out the hives

The observation window was a hit with everyone, the bees having built comb on the inside. My next hive is going to have a much longer window so it will be possible to really get a good look inside the hive.

4 comments:

Doris said...

Very cool. Looks like a great turnout for your workshop. Maybe you just inspired a few more people to become beekeepers.

Doris said...

Very cool. Looks like a great turnout for your workshop. Maybe you just inspired a few more people to become beekeepers.

Marilyn said...

I have just 'found' your blog. I found your TB hive most interesting as I had never heard/seen of this type of hive before. My daughter had a hive for about 3 years when she was just a teenager, it's a fascinating interest to have.

Matron said...

I've never seen that top bar arrangement of frames before. Are the frames square or trapezium shaped? I assume the arrangement of honey & brood cells are just horizontal and not vertical? Would like to see more if you can.. for those of us who couldn't make it across the globe to your workshop!