Oh i have and will keep an open mind until spring. See my other postIf 'difficult' bees worry you...think twice as bees are never guaranteed to be placid and easy...
Sorry RabClearly they do care
Let's get this in context. One beekeeper, one year, only two colonies.
I do not have a TBH, but I do run a couple of Dartingtons and maybe a beehaus (next year). They are a half-way house, you might say, between the normal tiered hive and the TBH. Some of my colonies do much better than others. I know that, and I know why.
In my view all hives are desinged for the beekeeper, not the bees.I have been reading up about Top Bar Hives ...
In my opinion they seem to be a bit more natural and interesting than Standard type Hives. The bees dont seem to get half as aggitated, they are easier to build, nice looking etc.
I should think not . . . Apart from scaring the bees, have you seen the state of the weather out there just now. Temperature, being temperature, you might crack up the bees with the size of your tackle unless your Y-fronts are thermal lined.. . . I only commented on the video which clearly shows folks with thier kids unprotected.
Didnt say i was going to take a stroll in my Y-Fronts through my nearest Apiary
One technique someone suggested for gloveless acclimatisation was to use marigolds or surgical gloves and cut say the little fingers off (the gloves ) at one inspection and then the third fingers off at the next and so on.I wouldn't be too fast to uncover in the spring. Try no gloves - just for a laugh - as it will break you in relatively safely if you have it wrong. Keep your face covered as being blind to the risks isn't half as bad as being blind from a wayward sting in the eye.
Mistake most people make isn't lifting/replacing frames too quickly , it's reaching across frames too quickly when reaching for another one!.I just tried it one day and took my gloves off, I survived unscathed but took a hit the next time, but I put that down to brewing bad weather. It also teaches you to move your hands more slowly.
I would have imagined greater potential for "squishing" in a tbh as top bars have no bee space . I have seen photos' of a topbar with cut outs, but thought at the time ,this defeated the whole object ?Also far less squished bees on the TBH (clumsy noob).Huw
I would have imagined greater potential for "squishing" in a tbh as top bars have no bee space . I have seen photos' of a topbar with cut outs, but thought at the time ,this defeated the whole object ?