I want bees desperately! I want top bar hives. They're just little things but the dimentions have to be exact to keep the bees from connecting the comb to each other and the sides of the hive. I'm hoping to get a top bar hive built before spring. I would love to capture a swarming hive and get it into my new one. I think they awarm in the early spring when they come out of hibernation. Technically a swarmed hive still belongs to the original owner and he can claim it, legally, but most don't go looking for them. They would have to have a new hive to put it into.
Top bar hives are much better for the bees as the entire comb is built straight down by the bees and taken off the bar it is attached to. It is crushed to get the honey and melted down for beeswax. Nothing is left for moths, bacteria or parasites to get into and there's a lot more beeswax harvested.
The laws are fairly strict regarding beekkeeping here in Canada. It is illegal to buy second hand hives, because of disease and predator moths. Old hives are suppose to be burned and inspected. I think the market for new top bar hives is quite a good one, right now. If I can get this one built well and quickly for myself, I might consider building some for sale. lol! Another project!
All bee hives have to be registered with the gov too, so they can keep track of the numbers and inspect them to control the rapidly spreading disease. I'm ok with that. I understand the need for it. Our bee population is dwindling. I'll probably be pollinating my winter squash and pumpkins by hand this year. I didn't get good pollination last year and bees are the only things that pollinate them.
Does anyone keep bees and doesn anyone else have top bar hives? I knkow someone was talking about them recently.