During the second part of our meeting, we went to a member’s house to build beehives. I wish to thank the members who hosted the meeting, and the members who donated wood and other materials. (For the past three weeks, the group has been collecting salvaged wood for the project.)
During the meeting, two top bar beehives were begun. We were unable to complete them due to lack of time, so there will be another meeting soon for this purpose. We will also continue to build hives till all interested members have acquired one, and will build swarm traps for use in the spring.
A top bar hive is a much simpler design than the standard hive, the box shaped Langstroth. The advantages of a top bar hive include: a natural comb pattern and cell size, as opposed to the Langstroth; no heavy lifting; simplicity of construction and management; and the ability to harvest honey without an extractor, among other things. You can find lots of information about top bar hives on line.