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Establishing a Bee Hive Workshop

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Establishing a Bee Hive Workshop

Time: October 29, 2011 from 9am to 1pm
Location: Northey St City Farm
Street: Northey St
Phone: 3857 8775
Event Type: workshop
Organized By: Northey St City Farm
Latest Activity: Oct 13, 2011

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9.00am - 1.00pm. This workshop will show you how to build a beehive, and it will create a new hive from the existing hive at the farm.

Bees cannot be worked in the rain so in the unlikely event that it is a rainy day, when you book for this workshop you will be given a contact number to call on the morning of the workshop to confirm if it is going ahead.

Participants will need to wear protective clothing including shoes and socks, and a wide brimmed hat that a a veil will be provided for.  Northey Street City Farm, cnr Northey & Victoria Streets, Windsor, Brisbane.

For more details please contact Northey Street City Farm by email: or

ph: 3857 8775 or make Enquiries, Bookings and Payment online.

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Comment by Elaine de Saxe on October 13, 2011 at 22:00
Mmm! Interesting points Christopher and Mat! Thank you for your input. I've had an interest in honeybees for many years and did have some hives and all their impedimenta but found producing honey in innercity (at the time) was almost impossible - too much pollen for swarming and not enough nectar for stores. Since then I've looked into top bar hives and derivatives. Saw someone at the recent BOG fair selling top-bar-type bee boxes but didn't enquire since I've decided if I can get some native bees I'll go with that for pollination and leave honey production to the experts.
30pg8sdgali6j Comment by 30pg8sdgali6j on October 13, 2011 at 15:12

Elaine, I run my hives in 'Langstroth' boxes and frames but with 'starter strips' just like in Top Bar Hives. I get the same advantages as you state, with the advantage of standard equipment, although I don't see why top bar hives would be hard to inspect - a bread knife does wonders for burr & brace comb!

I keep foundation out of my hives as it's almost garunteed to be contaminated with pesticides & antibiotics - let the bees do it naturally in their own time.

1ur2za4wez1fr Comment by 1ur2za4wez1fr on October 8, 2011 at 22:30

Top bar hives are generally forbidden by Apiaries Acts. In QLD, the relevant reference is Section 19 of Apiaries Act 1982 (Qld). I have seen combination Top Bar/Langstroth hives, but these are much more difficult to work, and inspect the health of bees. I would imagine this workshop would be about making a Langstroth hive and splitting an existing hive.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on October 2, 2011 at 20:37
I wonder of they will deal with 'top bar hives'? It's an idea which goes back to before-the-Langstroth-frame-hive commercial beekeeping. The hives are a different shape and the beek supplies a 'top bar' to the frame and the bees draw their comb the way they would in the wild. The top-bar comb cannot be spun as the frames are spun to extract the honey though, the comb needs to be crushed and filtered from the wax. The system and its many variants are supposed to make it more natural and less stressful for the bees and less likely the bees will contract diseases.

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