|The bottom has a screen covering it|
or we can close it up with the hinged
board during the winter.
I wanted a top bar hive because a regular hive gets so heavy when it is full of honey that I wouldn't be able to lift it myself. I guarantee you that even though he lovingly, and willingly built the hive, my husband will NOT help with working the hive. :-) A top bar hive I've heard, does not produce as much honey as a regular hive but does give you more beeswax. The bees actually build the honeycomb from a bar on the top that you can lift out to harvest the honey. I'll only be lifting "sections" of the honey harvest at a time. The sides of the hive are at an angle to discourage the bees from attaching the comb to the sides and preventing you from being able to lift it out. I'd love to use the beeswax in homemade lip balms, hand salve, and candles --- something else new to learn!
There is lots of information on top bar beehives on the Internet. We got the building instructions from a couple different sites. The hive is built with untreated wood. The inside will stay untreated for the bees health, but the outside has to get painted ---- hhmmm how fancy should I get?