In case you are wondering, I have two Kenyan Top Bar Hives. I have a lot of reasons for choosing it because of the more natural environment. I have previous posts that explain it in further detail here about beekeeping.
Being May again I am monitoring those hives like a hawk. I'm ready with the third hive if needed.
|This is a brood comb where bees are raised|
The brood comb will be darker and the wax harder. The raised cells are drones. The flat will be workers. No queen cells here.
|This is an actual honey comb that is just starting to be filled.|
In a Top Bar Hive it is behind the brood combs. The wax is light and they will add more combs as the season progresses
|This is the new hive we added last year. By moving several bars of brood combs from the older hive about to swarm, they stopped and relocated to this hive which is next to the older one. See the different color bars?|
|Every bee has a job and these are a couple of undertaker bees removing one that has died. |
Honey harvesting here starts at the end of June through July. And last year's honey was delicious!