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Question for Christy Hemenway -- Could you explain what top bar means?

 
A.J. Gentry
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Hello!! Christy.

I have a very, very basic question, but I have zero exposure on raising or tending bees. What does the phrase top bar mean in the title of your book?

Thank you for stopping by the forums. I look forward to your visit.

A.J.
 
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Hi A.J. --

You're right - it's a pretty basic question - but much about top bar beekeeping IS basic... that's one of the cool advantages! That, and the fact that the bees get to make their own wax - which is the MOST basic natural process, and which they need to be in charge of to support their health and the natural systems at work in the hive.

So... all that being said - here's your answer:
A top bar hive is a beehive that uses "bars" (as opposed to frames) that rest across the "top" of the hive cavity. Because the bars all touch, they make a solid surface, and while there is most likely an exterior roof as well, the bars make a sort of interior roof of their own.

Make sense?


-- Christy
 
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Christy,

Yes. Thank you.

It does make sense and after you explain it.

A.J.

 
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for clarity, I generally refer to the several styles of hive Christy describes as horizontal top bar hives to distinguish them from a variety of vertical top bar hives.
 
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