Posted on behalf of Helen
Helen Nunn’s Hive No 2 – Designed and built in 2014 to combine the Warré and Top Bar methods of beekeeping
I like the TBH! But my biggest problem, which made non-intervention more or less compulsory, was cross-combing over the widths of the top bars, and on to the shims between. For my second hive I decided on a new approach with Warré elements, but TBH flexibility.
The basic body was built as before (using Phil Chandler’s design and Dave Wright’s helpful YouTube videos), but with the entrance at one end (leaving a space for tools behind the follower board) and a landing-board. A second entrance, diagonally opposite, is normally corked and for use in eventual splits.
The top bars are Warré width (24mm), but movable, and spaced. They have guides for the comb and I have added side supports at a 120o angle so that adhesions to the hive walls need not be cut to remove a comb.
A cloth covers the bars, with a hole for winter feeding above the bars. My feeder is a contact lid on a honey jar, held just above the bars.
There are three quilt boxes for moisture absorbtion/insulation. They can be moved over the cluster or apart for feeding.
The eke makes height for the quilt boxes. The roof is fairly lightweight, and anchors everything at the ends with bungee cords to the main leg bolts.
The bottom board is a white-painted shelf under the mesh floor. Wedges can be inserted to close up in winter.
This is a very brief description of what my husband calls the “Helen-hive”. If you’d like more details let me know.