No Small Dreams
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Top Bar Bee Hive Migration

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Posted by Tim Auld almost 9 years ago

Transferring European honey bees from a Langstroth hive to a custom made top bar hive.

I made a top bar bee hive last year when I heard that Richard was able to split his Langstroth hive, which was a bit overpopulated at the time. We adapted some Lang frames so that we could populate them with brood and honey in Richard's hive, then transfer them to the top bar. We managed to complete the transfer today, after the nursery frames had been in the Lang hive for about 8 or 9 weeks. We also had to find the queen in the Lang and put it in the top bar, since there was a scarcity of eggs and pupae that could be turned into a new queen.

The small hive beetle trap is my own design, adapted from a design I found on the web made for a Lang hive. They used 4mm slots, but I found drilling holes the same diameter much easier. Below the galvanised steel sheet drilled with holes slides an oven tray with oil. The beetles flee the bees, go through the holes and drown in the oil.

I have a heap of photos of the construction of the hive and I may put some up later.

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Mark Brown
Mark Brown : Thanks for posting Tim - great stuff
Posted almost 9 years ago

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Tim Auld
Tim Auld : Thanks, Mark!
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