i am building a top bar hive so got a few questions

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  1. thatguy324

    thatguy324 New Member

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    one can i build the whole thing out of wood or would it be too hard? two can i build the hive from wooden pallets i can get these for free they are not treated either so would it work?
     
  2. Ray

    Ray Member

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    Honey bees will live in just about anything. For how long is the problem
    Topbar hives have only one requirement: topbars
    Micheal Bush has an excellent website: www.bushfarms.com, with a section on TB hives

    Good Luck and I hope you enjoy beekeeping.
     

  3. PerryBee

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    Yes, and yes. TBH's can for the most part be built out of scrap (depending on how fussy you are, cause the bees aren't).
     
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    nice now i just have catch a swarm now should i call the local fire department or an exterminator
    to get put on their swarm list
     
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    well better get to work
     
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    I found that biobees tbh is the easiest and fastest to build. You can certainly glue up pallet boards. You will need less than two 2x4's for top bars. If you are using the plans from biobess, the 2x4's are cut in 17" lengths. Set your table saw fence on 3/4." Place the 17" 2x4 on the 2" (1-7/16) side and rip three times leaving you with four top bars. Repeat until you fill your top bar. I use nearly 30 with the length of tbh I chose. I have started making long Langstroth style covers for mine but you can simply use a sheet of corrugated plastic roofing and place a few bricks/rocks on top if you want to keep the budget under control. Also, I check out the "free" section of Craigslist every other day for solid wood. I have made one tbh out of a desk and one out of an old shelf. Check out my blogs for pics.
     
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    hey just got some pallets just to check i can use wood glue in my hive right
     
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    Don't use TiteBond I (the original)- it's not really waterproof.. Titebond II or later is waterproof. Your hives will be out in the rain.
     
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    okay so only Titebond 2 or later any thing else i can use if i cant find this
     
  14. blueblood

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    Titebond 2 is just fine and dandy...that is all I use...
     
  15. riverbee

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    that guy, you should be able to find titebond 2 anywhere......like dave it's all i use.....
    hey, and best wishes on your hive building!