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Saturday, 20 June 2009

Adding some brood to the topbar

Here is the topbar hive in its permanent location. There are six lime trees within 50 metres - so I'm hoping for some lovely lime honey.

To help the small colony that I installed, I have added a frame of brood from another (regular) hive. You can see the top of the frame in the pic below.

I was going to remove the comb totally from the frame and attach it to a topbar, but my colleague, Emma, whose hive this will be, persuaded me to leave it attached by just the top.

I have to cut the corners off - but luckily these were just stores, and I put them in the bottom of the hive for the bees to eat and clean up.

The hinge and stay is a masterpiece, and a work of genius (if that's not too immodest a claim). My friend Emma can't lift heavy things like roofs, so the hinged roof is ideal.

There are two 16mm holes for ingress and egress.

And an aluminium roof. There's a brilliant shop in Bath called Avery, Knight and Bowler that sells everything metallic. The 2m x 1m sheet of Al cost £16.

Fingers crossed for the bees. The sealed brood on the comb that I added will emerge in a few days and add to the colony.


  1. I look forward to hearing how they get on. That's quite a different hive, is it a design you've found or one you've invented so that Emma can manage?

    And I'm a bit confused - are the bees yours or Emma's?

  2. We're sharing the bees. I have the ones that are black with orange hoops, and she has the ones that are orange with black hoops.

    The topbar hive is to a design by Phil Chandler at I have modified the design to add the hinged roof and the stays.


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