I’m starting my first hive this month, and have decided to go with a Top Bar hive. I was wondering if anyone in the Bay Area has a top bar hive? I would love to connect and maybe you could answer some of my newbie questions.
I’d also like to get some more experience before I get my package (either on a top bar or on a Langstroth, but I would prefer a top bar), and am wondering if someone would let me come help work their hives? I’m in San Francisco, and am willing to travel around the Bay Area.
Questions I have off the top of my head:
- screened bottom board or solid? I’ve read arguments for both, and was wondering what your experience is.
- Would you put your entrance at the end of the hive, or in the middle (along the longer side)? Also have read both are correct.
- More of a general question, are mites inevitable? It it just something that every beekeeper has to deal with?