In our previous posts we have given you a very basic introduction to starting to become a diy bee keeper. This time we are going to focus on one type of hive and this is the Top Bar Hive. There are many different methods that can be used for keeping bees, but you ultimately want a system that is easy to use and safe for both you and the bees.
Remember that you are dealing with a live entity here and you really want to be well equipped with both the knowledge and the proper set up before you jump into bee keeping.
Top Bar Hive Bee Keeping means that you have a method that costs a lot less money and is much easier to set up, operate and maintain. It is more geared for the backyard bee keeper rather than the larger honey producers.
It is going to require
a) the hive itself
b)a place for you to order your bees from
c)a safe and proper area to situate your hive
d) the proper bee keeper’s protective clothing
e)bees wax for coating the top bars
f)the proper knowledge for the installation of the bees
The Top Bar Hive bee keeping method is classed as the holistic method of bee keeping.
Getting started in bee keeping with this method is far less costly and confusing. You can either buy your Top Bar Hive, or purchase the plans and build it yourself. One thing you do want is a one stop shop where you can order all of your bee keeping supplies from.
If you think that bee keeping is something you would like to get started at, but just aren’t too sure yet, then you can purchase a terrific top bar bee keeping video
Staying safe and feeling confident:
The biggest factor that stops a lot of people from having their own bee hive is the big fear of being stung. It is important that you learn how to bee keep properly and that you use the proper gear.
The end product:
Your good care of your bee hive is going to be rewarded with the honey that your bees are going to provide you with. You are probably anxious to know just how difficult it is to harvest this.
The ease in which the honey can be harvested from the top bar hive method is the reason we wanted to show you this first.
One of the many amazing aspects about all of this is you are going to be harvesting at different times, so you are going to be experiencing different tastes depending on the flowers that the bees have used to gather the nectar.
The single comb harvesting method also benefits the bees. To harvest a single comb the hive only needs to be opened very briefly, usually only for a minute or so, and the bees hardly get disturbed at all. This is really a good method for a beginner to start with, because it is not as involved or intimidating as harvesting a bunch of combs at once.
I think that it also develops a trust and a confidence with the bees, giving them the message that you are both sharing in a mutual relationship and you’re not there to strip them of all their honey. In this relationship, you have provided them with a great home and are protecting them from the elements. In return, they share a comb with you — a symbiotic relationship that keeps the bees healthy and keeps you from getting stung.
Now let’s get on to the details. Quite simply, we are going to extract the honey, placing it straight into the storage jar. Here is a comb that has been removed. When I weighed the complete comb after removing it from the top bar, this comb weighed 6.5 pounds.
Continue reading for the entire harvesting process of one comb that only takes less than 30 minutes…comb harvesting
Not only is it fun to become a bee keeper, look at the money you will be saving from not having to buy your honey from now on. Honey has some amazing benefits to it.
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