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Frequently Asked Questions
Are Top bar Hives Illegal in New Zealand?
Top Bar hives adn Warre' hives are not illegal. The Ministry for Primary Industries has recently amended the the wording in the National Pest Management (AFB) Strategy to state that 'moveable frame hives' are to emcompass all hive designs, as long as frames and combs can be removed for inspection.
Are Top Bar Hives appropriate for beginners in Beekeeping?
I started with a Top Bar Hive and I have never had any prior experience with beekeeping. I believe if you can manage a TBH you will become a better beekeeper. As with any new experience there is a steep learning curve and mistakes such as broken combs, can and will happen, in your first season.
Are TBH's Illegal in any other country?
No and they are in wide use in Australia, United States and the UK.
Do you get much honey from a TBH?
You dont get anything like the amount of honey you get from a Langstrroth hive. Beekeeping with a TBH is more about providing pollinators in your environment and do your bit for the bees. In saying that in a good season I take off around 6-8 jars of honey every three weeks over Summer.
Are TBH's hard to manage?
Managing the TBH frames requires different skills than managing a Langstroth frame hive. You can't yank frames out of the hive. You can't lean frames against the hive. You can't throw the frames around roughly. If you prefer the rip , sh** and bust way of beekeeping TBH's are not for you. You need to handle the frames gently whilst always keeping them on the vertical. It takes more time to inspect your hive but a hobby beekeeper has this extra time.
Are TBH's required to have a full enclosing frame?
The NBA have suggested they should but I feel it is totally unnecessary and defeates the purpose of natural beekeeping in a low cost, simple hive.
Are you (Janet Luke) going to put frames around your top bars?
No, why mess up a perfectly functioning hive which can be inspected for exotic disease?
Why are some commercial beekeeers and some senior members of the NBA so opposed to TBH's?
I can only speculate that it is fear of the unknown?, fear of something new?, nervousness about the growth in hobby beekeeping? or patch protection of the "Old Boys Network"?
If you have any other questions about Top Bar Hives please contact Janet here