My wife and I are beginning beekeepers in Southern Indiana. We pick up three pounds of Italian bees next Saturday, May 2. For the last two weeks, we’ve been assembling, painting, and modifying our beehive to make it the best home possible for our colony. We decided several months ago to use a top bar hive. We liked the idea of more intimate interaction with the bees. We also liked the idea of an observation window for our kids. We’ve been told that top bar hives don’t produce as much honey, but that’s okay. We’re not in it solely for the honey. We’re in it to marvel at one of God’s most fascinating creations, and to help our planet. Bees are dying out across the world and we’ve read that the best solution is not large commercial bee farms, but backyard hobby beekeepers who only manage a few hives.
A few photos of our hive are below. We’ll post more with the bees next week, along with some video of us installing the package bees into the hive.