The Kenyan Top Bar Hive
Beekeeping Naturally promotes the Kenyan Top Bar Hive as one of the most effective natural bee hives for backyard and small-scale Beekeepers (Bee-carers).
Entering the beehive from one side means that only a small number of bees are disturbed at a time, rather than thousands of angry bees reacting to just having their roof ripped off. A smoker to confuse the bees is rarely used and delicious raw honey can be taken out one bar at a time as needed.
No more bending and lifting heavy bee boxes. The Kenyan Top Bar hive is great for people in wheel chairs and very easy for elderly people.
When I show this Kenyan Top Bar hive method to experienced conventional beekeepers, they can’t believe how simple it is and how relaxed the bees are.
Tips for Natural Beekeeping
Keep Bees for the Bees’ sake and value them as pollinators first (apicentric), and honey producers second.
It’s not just about the honey
Rather than a focus on ‘taking from’ the bees, natural beekeeping is about ‘giving back.’
The disappearance of the bees
Frightening but true – we no longer have enough honeybees to pollinate all our crops.
Wild honeybees are nearly extinct in the UK, Germany & Northern China, and from 1985-2005 there was a 53 per cent decline in UK managed honeybee colony numbers.