By Sam Manga
Training Officer, Beekeepers\' Co~operative Association, The Gambia
1.A basket. This one is a large type often used for carrying fruit or vegetables, about 0.7 m across. The volume is about 50 litres.
2.The basket is now turning into a hive. It has supporting legs, and a frame to support the top-bars. A hole has been made to serve as an entrance for the bees.
3.Top-bars have been placed along the top of the hive. Each top-bar must be longer than the width of the hive and the right width for the species and race of honeybees you are using. Combs in a hive need to be the same distance apart as combs in a wild nest. This is because bees need enough space to live and work, while at the same time they must be able to keep the temperature just right.
[Bees for Development Journal #37]