995415_frontD&B Supply is now carrying a top bar hive at our Boise and Meridian stores. Local artisan Sean Smith builds the hives, which you can see online with the other bee supplies we carry. Click here. There are many websites and videos on the internet that state opinions on the difference between a top bar hive and a Langstroth hive. Mistress Beek has a great website talking about her experience with bees and gives her verdict in a very nice looking and easy to read PDF. Honeybeesuite.com considers the individual, the location, the purpose and the beekeeper’s ability to fabricate equipment as her guidleines in making a decision between the two. Ultimately, the choice is yours. D&B also has online articles for you to read in depth about bees and beekeeping with guest writers like Dr. Ron Bitner Phd. Sean Smith states “If you are going into the business of beekeeping with only production in mind, top bar hives can not compete on a hive per hive basis with commercial hives. With top bar hives, the bees have to draw out virgin comb each time the beekeeper removes a bar of comb.” He feels that this will slow down the production and in his experience, the result of the hive will be considerably healthier. He also states that in his experience, the top bar hive has produced around three to four gallons of honey per year, and considerably more wax than a Langstroth hive. Below is a Youtube video we found that shows the difference in how the bees produce honey and wax in both types of hives.

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