RE: [TopHive] Queen Bees
Thanks for the info. Yes, I think I explained it wrong about the queen excluders. They are keeping the queen from the honey, not the workers.
So, the TBH sounds way simpler and easier to manage. I'm pretty excited and am planning on making a couple of hives this week in preparation for this guy bringing me a swarm or two.
Its funny. I'm 53 years old, but this is something I've wanted to do since I was about 20. I guess some of us have trouble getting off the seat of our pants.
Take care and thank you
Scot Mc Pherson <scot@...> wrote:
>>>>In the Langstroth hive they separate the queen from the workers.That's simply not true, the queen is right smack dab in the middle of
the core of the colony. Perhaps it was meant that the queen is kept away
from the honey supers. Yes this is often practiced, but usually
unnecessary, but it's a matter of taste and choice and opinion whether
you wish to use what is called a queen excluder.
>>>>How does that work in the TBH?In a TBH you don't need a queen excluder. The queen won't lay in the
honey stores. The reason why the queen may start to lay in a langstroth
hive's honey stores is because cells right above the brood nest which
are empty may end up being laid in by the queen. In a TBH, the brood
nest doesn't expand upwards, but expands horizontally towards the back
of the hive. The queen won't cross honey to lay eggs usually, and in a
TBH since the comb is foundationless the honey combs are usually too big
for the queen to lay in unless she feels like laying drones. She
certainly won't lay past the 3rd or so honey storage comb at the back of
the brood nest since she will want to lay within the confined of the
>>>>As the colony grows in the Langstroth theyadd supers. How does that work in the TBH?
You build a TBH to be big enough to store at least a single season's
worth of honey forage. You remove the honey to make more room instead of
adding empty space.
Scot Mc Pherson
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