My apologies if I’m posting in the wrong place. I’ve been in forums before but there is something about the layout here that confuses me. I was looking at the Top Bar forum, but then I lost it.
Anyway… my son built me a cathedral hive. For those not familiar with it, it looks like a top bar hive with another top bar flipped over on top of it. So it is a hexagon instead of a trapezoid. I was looking forward to getting bees, but I was relying on catching a swarm which didn’t happen this year due to a harsh winter. Last week, someone gave us bees. Yeah! The transportation didn’t go as planned and the bees are more than a little traumatized, so we have no intentions of moving them from their Langstroth hive until they swarm next spring.
We no more got home with the bees when I met someone who knew about flow hives. Next spring we will be using the cathedral hive, but the following year, I would like to see about using a hybrid: a shorten cathedral hive for the brood, and the flow hive system for the honey.
I would like to ask ymcg about his topbar-flow combo. I’m not sure that is how I would do it, but I do want to know how he felt about it and what he would do different with the next one.
Anyone using the cathedral hive along with a flow hive?