Top bar hives have been called many cool catch-phrases over the years. Words like natural, organic, treatment-free, sustainable… in other words, lots of “buzz words.”
But most of these buzz words miss the most important point. Because ever since honeybees have been honeybees, they have done something completely magical.
They make wax.
A very special and important kind of wax. Beeswax. Made BY bees, FOR bees.
The bees have always been the makers of their beeswax combs – the wax panels found inside a beehive - where the bees store their food (pollen and honey) and where they raise their young (brood) in tiny hexagonal cells.
When the bees are in charge of this process, they make a lot of important decisions about the construction details of those combs… decisions about how big to make the hexagons, where to put them, and when to build what size.
So the most natural beekeeping you could think of – can only happen in a hive where the bees make all their own clean, natural beeswax!