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Splitting the top-bar hive with a shook swarm

Today I split my top-bar hive. It is eleven months to the day since they swarmed down from the sky and took over the abandoned hive. Twice during the winter I thought I was losing them, and twice I moved them into the garden shed to keep them warm. But ever since last Sunday (when […] Read more

Why are all my bees at the top of the hive?

Yesterday a reader wrote to say that all her bees were in the top brood box and she didn’t recall this happening last year. She wanted to know if this was normal. The fact is that winter bees kept in a vertical hive will move up as they consume their stores. Remember that the bees […] Read more