Kenya Top Bar Hive

The Kenya Top Bar HiveA very simple hive, necessitated by cost and available materials in Africa, that is cheap to produce and simple to operate. The hive is generally constructed with sloping sides, preferably with these being at an angle of 120°, the angle of the downward slope of the natural honeycomb. The theory for using this angle is that the bees are then less inclined to attach the comb they produce to the sides of the hive.

Full complement of Top BarsGroove cut in underside of barBars of wood are provided across the top of the hive, hence the name, that the bees then use to attach their comb. They also encloses the actual space occupied by the colony.

BeesbeesA groove is cut in the underside of each of these bars where either a small starter strip of foundation or a dribble of beeswax encourages the bees to build their combs in a straight and orderly fashion that enables the beekeeper to remove them one at a time for examining and management. Honey can be harvested by either using the sealed combs as cut comb sections or squeezed out in a similar fashion to that adopted for heather honey before bottling. A honeycomb