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No it’s a top bar hive.
The observant among you will have spotted that hive number 2 doesn’t look like hive no 1.
This is an African style horizontal hive. We built it from plansTop Bar Hive by a man called Phil Chandler.
Phil is a Facebook friend we’ve never met. He’s a really good source of bee advice, which is handy as we are relatively new to this.
The top bar hive has many advantages. For us it’s more natural with less use of bought wax to start the bees on their comb. It’s also good to work with as each bar can be lifted desperately rather than hefting big full boxes which can be twenty kg when full of honey. The height of the hive is convenient too. A conventional hive like number 1 can lead to the full boxes being full heavy and high up, which when combined with the bee occupants could lead to many a mishap.
This hive is our pride and joy. We tend to think the bees here are happier and healthier.
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