Canadian Top Bar Hive
460 520 CA$460.00 - CA$520.00
The Kenyan horizontal top bar hive is very popular with sustainable beekeepers in the USA. It shares much of the same philosophy as the warre hive in it's use but when it comes to overwintering strength, this is where the two diverge. There is much debate in among beekeeping circles about how far north KTBH can be successfully used. Some have had good success with them in the northern USA and the Canadian Maritimes, but in Ontario, I often here comments like "they made it though the winter, but barely". The problem is the design of the hive does not allow it to easily retain heat in the winter. The top bars which usually rest on the top of the 2 side boards allow heat to escape between the bars on both the top and the ends. People will often place a piece of Styrofoam over the top of the bars which helps a bit but it still leaves the ends of the bars open and it also seals in the moisture which can be as bad for the bees as the cold. We have sought to improve upon the design and adapt it for the cold Canadian winters by taking some design queues from the warre hive.