> We are both traditional "Langstroth hive " people,
> but we will touch on top bar hive management
> at some point during the course
I need to stress that we have a specific reason for
encouraging urban beekeepers to stay away from any
approach that does not allow one to monitor and
control swarming with a full suite of tactics.
The biggest problem with top-bar hives is one that
I saw firsthand in the decade that I had a dozen
of them was simple - they swarmed before they built
up to a size that was even half that of my 600
If not for propensity of Top-Bar Hives to swarm,
there would be no reason to discourage inexperienced
beekeepers from starting out on TBHs in urban sites.
Swarms are perhaps the worst-case scenario we face
as they scare the civilians and call attention to
the area where one's hives would otherwise go unnoticed.