Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Cross Combing in Kenyan Hives

I have had questions asking do I really need to convert from Kenyan to warre hives. I suppose I could, once a year, butcher thousands of bees to put things right but I cannot do that to the bees or myself. Below are photos of the underside of top bars and a kenyan carcass that I had to butcher to get the combs out of. You can see the cross combing and the wall attachments. The lower part of the kenyan is where the comb had completely collapsed and was anchored to the floor with brace comb.

As with all the photos on this blog, they are clickable to enlarge them.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Norm,
    What a mess. How many years did you keep bees in the KTBH? Did this happen every year? It is a horrible thought to butcher thousands of bees every year. I think I could not do that either and would find a different hive format.