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The Original BackYardHive - Top Bar Hive

BackYard Hive Original Top Bar Hive


The original Top Bar hive designed by Corwin Bell of BackYardHive.com.
Corwin continually makes improvements to the line of top bar hives we offer
at BackYardHive.com. A few of the main featuires of our Top Bar hives are
the viewing window and the triangle (wedge shape) top bars.
Corwin is the first top bar developer to add these key
features to top bar hives. The viewing window allows the beekeeper to
look inside the hive without disturbing the bees. This is a less invasive practice.

The triangle top bars are specially designed and have a greater surface area
for the bees to attach their comb, which result in straighter and sturdier combs
for the beekeeper to work with.

 Read more about our top bar hives here...

Dimensions: 42" L x 16" W x 10" H

(top bars are 14 1/2" in length)

Our Top Bar Hives ship Fully Assembled
Price
$295.00

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The Golden Mean Top Bar Hive 

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The Golden Mean top bar hive was developed by Corwin Bell after noticing how productive
the bees were in hives that Corwin had built that were in Golden Mean proportion.
In the Golden Mean hive, the bees tend to bee more productive in drawing out combs
resulting in more honey production. The Golden Mean hive is our best seller of the two
hives we offer.

Dimensions: 36" L x 19" W x 9" H
(top bars are 18" in length)

Our Top Bar Hives ship Fully Assembled
Price $350.00

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New DVD: Alternative Beekeeping Using the
Top Bar Hive and The Bee Guardian Methods

BackYardHive Beekeeping DVD Alternative Methods Using the Top Bar Hive
Full Length DVD
Run Time: 85 minutes

This DVD is one of our best sellers. The BackYardHive.com DVD demonstrates how to care for bees in your backyard. The DVD demonstrates step-by-step how-to sections on where to place your hive, how to find bees for your hive, how to install your bees, how to work in your hive and how to process your honey. We teach you how a beehive works together, how it's organized, how to tell different kinds of comb apart and how to know if your hive is sick or queen-less.
More info...

Price $19.95

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DVD is viewable in all Regions (0), US, Canada, Europe, Asia
DVD is NTSC and PAL




Top Bar Hive Plans - DIY - Build it Yourself!

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 NEW! DIY Do it yourself top bar hive plans!

Now more detailed hive plans created by a professional architect, Corwin's father, Jack!
We offer Top Bar Hive plans for both our Golden Mean hive and our Original BackYardHive. The plans provide all of the measurements, specifications, and materials you will need.  Of, course, we can't supply the time, tools, and expertise, but if you are ready to tackle the project, these plans will help.

Options: Get the hive plans with triangle top bars and/or hardware. The triangle top bars are the hardest part of the hive to create yet offer one of the greatest benefits for you and the bees.

We offer 3 ways to get the hive plans


-The Plans only

-The Plans & all the Hardware you will need (Hardware consists of all the screws and window latches)

-The Plans, hardware, spacers & full set of top bars. The triangle top bars are the hardest part of the hive to create yet offer one of the greatest benefits for you and the bees.
[this option, like the others above, does not include the wood for the hive, nor the window]

 

Prices:    Golden Mean Top Bar Hive -

             Hive Plans Only: $9.95   Within US | International
 
             Hive Plans & Hardware: $16.95   Within US | International  

        

       Hive Plans, Hardware, Spacers & 18 Top Bars: $84.95    Within US | International  

                  

 

Prices:    Original BackYard Hive -

             Hive Plans Only: $9.95   Within US | International  
 
             Hive Plans & Hardware: $16.95   Within US | International  

        

      Hive Plans, Hardware, Spacers & 24 Top Bars: $95.99    Within US | International  

                  

 


 

 Pre-Built Top Bars for Your Self-Built Hive

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NEW! If you choose to build your own hive based on our Top Bar Hive Plans (listed above)  we suggest that you purchase these pre-made top bars.  A set of top bars are offered as a package with the Hive Plans (please see above).

But if you choose to purchase additional sets of top bars to build more than one hive, please see the options below for top bar sets.

You also can purchase single top bars below as well.

 

Our Top Bars are a "triangle" top bar, which allow the bees more surface area to attach their comb and  as a result they draw straighter, more stable combs. The top bars are milled from hardwood. We have had excellent success with the bees drawing absolute straight comb on these new top bars that they are the only top bars we offer.

Packages of top bars can be purchased with the Top Bar Hive Plans (see listed above).
Or you can order the top bars only in sets or singles.


Bar Dimensions: 1 3/8" width


Prices:
    Original BackYardHive Top Bars (14 1/2" bars)

              Single Bar: $3.50   Within US | International

              One Set of 24 Top Bars: $78.95  Within US | International
 
                                              

                 Golden Mean Top Bars (17 3/4" bars):

                             
Single Bar: $4.00  Within US | International

                         One Set of 18 Top Bars: $69.95  Within US | International
                       
                         One Set of 36 Top Bars: $134.90  Within US | International   

                         One Set of 54 Top Bars: $198.90  Within US | International  

                         One Set of 72 Top Bars: $267.90  Within US | International

                                            


 

Hardware Only
                       Set of screws, drill bit head and latch set for window cover- 
                                 COST: $5   Within US | International
  

Hardwood Spacers Only
        Golden Mean Spacers- 9 spacers-  (18" length)
             COST: $5 Within US | International  

        BackYardHive Spacers- 12 spacers-  (14 1/2" length)
            COST: $5 Within US | International 

 More Details about using Spacers                                         


 

NEW! Ventilated Roof for your Top Bar Hive


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This Ventilated Roof offers great protection from the elements and insulates your hive in the summer and winter! The roof fits over the normal lid of the Original BackYardHive or Golden Mean Hive.
This new vented roof has screened vents on both ends and all along the top of the roof. This allows
for proper ventilation and air flow. The ventilation works just as it does for a house roof.
And the screen covering keeps any unwanted critters from building nests.


Price: Fully Assembled - $75.00 for either size hive:

Fully Assembled -USA - Original BackYardHive Ventilated Roof
Fully Assembled -USA -Golden Mean Ventilated Roof

Fully Assembled - International - Original BackYardHive Ventilated Roof 
Fully Assembled - International - Golden Mean Ventilated Roof


BackYardHive Top Bar Tool


 Top bar hive tool

 We've created a new hive tool for the top bar! Finally a sturdy tool

to cut through brace comb and pry apart top bars all in one tool. Plus it looks
good! We figured that the top bar hive deserved a tool with a little

class. We were feeling left out since there are so many tools

to buy for the traditional hives we wanted a tool for the top bar hives!

It's made of forged steel and brass.

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Pry top bars apart with the forged end, releasing propolis seals between the top bars.

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Scrape comb and brace comb attachments off the sides of the hive.

 

 Price: $32.00

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90-Degree Angled Top Bar Hive Tool -NEW!

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angled top bar hive tool
This is a great addition to your hive tool kit! Designed as a supplemental tool to our main, original BYH tool sold above, the 90 degree angle of the flat blade allows you to get underneath the combs. 

The tool has 2 small metal beads welded on the bottom so that you can easily toe/heel step the tool across the floor in order to loosen any attachments at the bottom of the hive. The tool can also be used as an extra support when removing full combs as it can easily scoot underneath, acting as a seat when lifting the combs from the hive. 

Price:   $24.00   

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Bee Herding Tool  -NEW!

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We've created another new tool for the top bar! Instead of brushing your

bees off a comb with a bee brush or grass, we "herd" them off of the comb
back into the hive with the new herding tool. We have found this is much less
agitating to the bees and it prevents the bees from flying all over in the air as they do

when you use a brush. With the herding tool, you gently herd
them off the comb, moving slowly, and push them back into the hive. Less stress for everyone!

Price:   $12.00   

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Insulation Panels for the Top Bar Hive  -NEW!

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 top bar hive insulation panels

Insulate your hive in the winter with these well-crafted insulation panels. The panels are made from pine and contain blue foam insulation. There are five parts: 2 panels to cover the sides of the hive and 2 panels for the front and back of the hive. Also included is a sheet of insulation to fit between the lid of your hive and your roof. The panels easily attach with latches and bungee cords (included).

Golden Mean- Insulation Panels
Price:   $65.00  

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Original BackYardHive- Insulation Panels
Price:   $65.00  

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NEW! Hand-Pulled Silk Screen Organic Bamboo T-shirts

Corwin’s latest creations depict the honeybee in 2 different silk screen designs that
invoke their precious and sacred nature. Embedding these shirts with our creativity
and love for bees we hope that they will start conversations about the current state
of the honeybee. Each T-shirt is uniquely crafted by hand. Corwin and his bee helpers
pull each shirt, and use the silk screen press that Corwin built in order to better
customize his designs.


Labyrinth Bee T-Shirt Design

The Labyrinth Design

A labyrinth is designed to have only one path through twists and turns in the design.
Unlike a maze that may have different entry and exit points and dead ends.
This bee labyrinth connects 2 abstract bees through the design depicting
one bee communicating to another through a singular path.
Glass Bee Pendant


Closeup Flower of Life Bee T-Shirt Design
The Flower of Life Design

The flower of life is a name for a geometrical figure composed of
multiple evenly-spaced, overlapping circles. This figure forms a
flower-like pattern with the symmetrical structure of a hexagon.

Hand Pulled Silk Screen Custom Design Honey Bee T-Shirt

The Organic Bamboo makes these T-Shirts very soft
and comfortable to wear.
You will be able to choose your options at check out:


Size: Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, XX-Large

Style: Mens or Womens

Shirt Colors: Brick Red, Black, Army Green, White, Espresso Brown, Moss Green, Sea Blue
Color Chart Honey Bee T-Shirt


NOTE: Since we hand pull each T-Shirt individually turn around
time is 2-3 days.
If this is a Christmas gift the last day to order is Dec 18th.


Short Sleeve Price:
  $29.95
The Flower of Life Design 
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The Labyrinth Design
          
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Long Sleeve available in Black, White, Sea Blue only
Long Sleeve Price:  $32.95
The Flower of Life Design 
           Add to Cart:    Within US | International

The Labyrinth Design
         
Add to Cart:    Within US | International

More details here


Hand-Blown Glass Bee Pendants!
Glass Bee Pendant

Corwin himself, hand carved this honey bee on the end of a carbon rod
to use as a dye for creating these unique glass bee pendants.
Each pendant comes with an

adjustable silk cord 18"-22" length.
Pendants also look great hanging in a sunny window!

Choose your color at checkout
(Dropdown color choices available at checkout/in shopping cart area)

See pictures of each colored pendant on this page

Cobalt Blue
Ice Purple
Ice Pink
Sweet Honey
Honey Swirls
Greens & Sweet Honey
Ruby Red Swirls
Emerald Green

(Pendants are hand crafted so colors may vary slightly from picture)

Price:
  $22.00  

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Hand-Blown Glass Honey Jar

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A hand blown glass jar with a honey dipper. Handcrafted by a local Colorado artist, this jar
can be filled with your favorite local honey!
This beautiful jar will replace that little plastic squeeze bear on your kitchen table.


Hand-blown Glass Jar & Stir Stick & Natural Cork Topper

Price:  $29.95  
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(honey not included)



Pure Beeswax  - 1 ounce bar

Beeswax - 100% Pure


 Beeswax

You will want to coat the tip of the triangle or "spine" of your Top Bars with melted beeswax.

(Paraffin will not work). This encourages the bees to build comb on the spine/tip of the top bar.
All natural 100% pure beeswax. This beeswax is finely filtered, free of debris and ready to use.
This beeswax comes in blocks of 1 ounce.



One single-1 ounce bar
Price:   $2.00  

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5 Bars of wax (Five 1 ounce bars)

Price: $10.00
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Beekeeping Protective Gear 

 These hooded bee suits and jackets are a lighter weight fabric but still offer the needed protection.
The veil is self supporting, two way zipper on hood veil, 2 layers of fabric on the hood, elastic writs and ankles all zippers are heavy duty.

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Sizes tend towards men's sizes but you want the bee suit to

be roomie so go a size larger than you normally wear.

 

Prices:

Full Bee Suit  $98.95    Within US   International  
Half Bee Suit (Jacket)  $68.95   Within US   International


Beekeeping Leather Gloves

Beekeeping Gloves

These high quality beekeeping gloves are our favorite. The gloves
have fabric that extends up to your elbow so they can be worn
over your beekeping suit, and keep bees out!

Sizes: Small, Medium, Large
(you will be able to choose your size at checkout)

Price: $30.00  Within US   International

Meshing to Strain Honeycomb

 top bar hive harvesting honey straining meshing

When harvesting your honeycomb use this meshing to strain the honey,
seperating the comb from the honey so you are left with a delicious

jar of honey! See our article "A Simple Harvest" to see this technique.

 

Price: $3.99 1’x 1’ square (fits a half gallon "Ball" jar, as seen above)

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Price: $5.99 2’x 2’ square (fits a 5 gallon bucket)

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Plastic Cover for insulation "Cozy Cover"

If you live in an area where the winters are cold and frequently snows you will
want to "winterize" your hive. We cover our hives in Colorado with a "Hive Cozy".
R19 (can be purchased at a hardware/lumber store) inserted into a large 'roofers
trash bag'. We are selling the bags at our cost (R19 insulation not included)
See our article "Keeping Your Bees Warm"

Bag Dimensions: 2 1/2' x 4 1/2' (fits two strips of R19 insulation)

Price: Hive Cosy plastic cover $4.00

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BOOKS


The Practical Beekeeper _All Volumes

Michael Bush The Practical Beekeeper Full Volume

This book is about how to keep bees in a natural and practical system where they do not require treatments for pests and diseases and only minimal interventions. It is also about simple practical beekeeping. It is about reducing your work. It is not a main-stream beekeeping book. Many of the concepts are contrary to "conventional" beekeeping. The techniques presented here are streamlined through decades of experimentation, adjustments and simplification. The content was written and then refined from responding to questions on bee forums over the years so it is tailored to the questions that beekeepers, new and experienced, have.
It is divided into three volumes and this edition contains all three:
Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced.


Price: $49.00  
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The Practical Beekeeper _Volume I

Beginning Beekeeping Naturally

The Practical Beekeeper Volume I
This book is about how to keep bees in a natural and practical system where they do not require treatments for pests and diseases and only minimal interventions. It is also about simple practical beekeeping. It is about reducing your work. It is not a main-stream beekeeping book. Many of the concepts are contrary to "conventional" beekeeping. The techniques presented here are streamlined through decades of experimentation, adjustments and simplification. The content was written and then refined from responding to questions on bee forums over the years so it is tailored to the questions that beekeepers, new and experienced, have.
It is divided into three volumes and this edition contains only Volume I:
Beginning Beekeeping Naturally.


Price: $17.00  
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Wisdom of the Bees

Principles for Biodynamic Beekeeping

by Erik Berrevoets

Wisdom of the Bees
An accessible and essential introduction to the urgent subject of holistic beekeeping practices.

While the benefits of Rudolf Steiner's research into agriculture and education are increasingly recognized, his research into the nature of bees has had limited impact on beekeeping practices and on our general understanding of nature. Wisdom of the Bees examines Steiner's insights and research into the nature of bees and their implications for the future of beekeeping.

Today, more than eighty years after Steiner presented his lectures on bees, we are confronted with a situation he predicted — a serious decline of honeybees around the world. This fact alone justifies Wisdom of the Bees, a practical and timely introduction to biodynamic beekeeping. Erik Berrevoets, an experience beekeeper, revisits those seminal lectures and reexamines Steiner's observations and insights in the context of today's dire situation, while providing practical advice for modern beekeeping practices.

Price: $18.00  
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Towards Saving the Honeybee

by Gunther Hauk

Towards Saving the Honeybee

A book from a pioneer in the field of beekeeping addresses the current plight of the honeybee and that noble creature’s reaction to the past 100 years of hive mechanization and human manipulation. Hauk, a biodynamic gardener and beekeeper for over 25 years, approaches the bee “as a sick patient who has been trying for years to signal to us the deep crises of its diminishing life forces and its increasing inability to resonate with the environment.” Toward Saving the Honeybee presents the bee colony as a complex and delicate organism, with a life and vital functions far beyond the production of honey. Construction of the hive, colony hierarchy, swarming, as well as foul brood, mites and disease are all discussed in the context of the hive as a whole. Softcover, 80 pages

 

Price: $18.95   
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Not sure what to get your favorite Bee Guradian for the holidays?

Click the image above and choose the amount of the gift certificate
of your choice. (This will take you directly to PayPal- if you want
to order something else, you will need to return to this Shop page)




"Bee Happy Seed Collection". A collection of flowers to attract and nurture bees in your garden. We are making a group order. Click here to order some bee plant seeds!
(A) Bachelor Button Dwarf Blend Organic (2 Grams)
(Pt) Bee Balm (50 Mg)
(A) Borage Organic (1 Gram)
(P) Hyssop Lavender (250 Mg)
(P) Lavender Hidcote Dwarf (35 Seeds)
(A) Sunflower Lemon Queen Organic (2 Grams)

Price: $14.50  
Add to Cart:  email for order karen (@) backyardhive (dot) com

 
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