May 11

Top Bar Hive Populated !

Good Morning Fellow Bee Sustainers!

Yesterday I received a call from Frances Smith informing me the Swarm Trap I had set in one of her Bradford Pears was full of bees.  I road over and took a look and sure enough we had captured a large swarm.

This morning Harper and I headed to the Apiary with my bee retrieval equipment and a ladder very early to retrieved the swarm box.  We have been hoping for a swarm to populate our new top bar hive at the Apiary .  After some shaking and brushing we closed up the hive and now we wait for the bees to settle in and discover their sugar water.  There is an observation window you may remove to see them at work as they build natural cone.  By next week at this time they will be settled in and you can observe their building activity.  Yes, by next week they will have already built out some new cone.  Want to learn more?  See links below!

Videos on Top Bar Hives:

Top Bar Hive Basic

What is a Top Bar Hive

Learning Top Bar Hive Keeping




Posted May 11, 2017 by Scott Griffin. (Mr. G) in category Uncategorized

About the Author

Elementary Teacher (37 years retired), Photographer, Storyteller, Bee Keeper. Started keeping bees with my grandson when he was 3 years old. It is something we enjoy learning and doing together. Proud member of the Gaston County Beekeepers Association, North Carolina Beekeepers Association. Graduate of the Penn State Beekeeping School. We are all about the bees first. The honey is simply their way of saying thank you!🐝🐝🐝

2 thoughts on “Top Bar Hive Populated !

  1. Erin Denison

    Way to go! Can’t wait to keep and eye on the top bar hive. I love Mrs. Smith’s enthusiasm and support of the bees. She has told me in the past she enjoys watching them.


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