We have been keeping bees since 2013. We use both traditional Langstroth hives and top bar hives. Langstroth hives are the hives that look like tall boxes stacked on top of each other. They are what most beekeepers use.
Top bar hives are long hives. They aren’t as common and require more management, but also don’t require the heavy lifting of Langstroth hives. We find that each type of hive has its advantages.
We are still in the process of increasing the number of hives we have. The primary ways we are increasing our hive numbers are by splitting our hives and capturing swarms of feral bees. If you are in the Barren/Warren/Edmonson/Allen county area and have a swarm on your property that you would like removed, please contact us or call (270) 202-2298. If we are not available to collect the swarm, then we can help find another local beekeeper who is available.
We currently have very little honey to sell. Honey and pollen are a honey bee’s natural food. Any honey that we harvest is honey that the bees can’t eat. Since we are still increasing our number of hives, we often start the spring with several relatively small hives that need all the honey they can produce to prepare for and survive the next winter. We would rather leave plenty of honey for the bees to eat than have to feed them sugar water to get them ready for the winter. Any surplus honey that we are able to harvest from our bees, we typically either eat ourselves or save to feed to weaker hives that need a little help.