This video will show you one way to correct a "whacky wax" problem in your top bar hive - when the bees wander off the bar, and occasionally stick things together. It's important to catch this problem early and correct it, so that you maintain your ability to inspect the hive for disease and other issues.
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Perception has held that top bar hives don't manage harsh winters, but here are some that have! The important things to consider have to do with protection from the wind. The success stories we've collected (thanks to you who send us this information!) seem to have that in common - good wind protection. Whether it's a hay bale fort surrounding the hive, a location tucked into some sort of planting that breaks the wind well, wrapping with black tar paper, a privacy fence... some folks have even duct taped insulation over the top of their hive (looks funny!) or duct taped over the gap at the bottom of the hive - that space that's left between the hive body and the removable bottom board.
So the word is... WIND PROTECTION!
And if YOU've got an overwintering success story with YOUR top bar hive - send us your location and at least two (up to 10!) digital pix - to firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll feature you on our Success Stories Playlist!
For more information about Gold Star Honeybees, visit our website at http://www.goldstarhoneybees.com. This "How-To" Video series answers the most frequently asked questions about keeping bees in top bar hives - with video! Explaining things in clear and simple terms, Gold Star Honeybees' founder Christy Hemenway offers detailed information about the specifics of keeping honeybees on their own natural beeswax in top bar hives, and top bar hive seasonal management. If these videos are helpful to you - please give us a "thumbs up" and be sure to Subscribe by clicking on the Subscribe button above. It's easy to stay on top of new inforrnation from Gold Star Honeybees!