Top-Bar Hive Nucleus Box

Top bar hive nucleus box made of douglas fir
Top bar hive nucleus box made of douglas fir

Top-Bar Hive Nucleus Box

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Regular price $99.00
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New style top bar hive nucleus box made from clear, FSC® certified Douglas Fir. Fits 19" top bars. This nucleus box does not fit the old style 17" long bars. 

The perfect box for swarm catching, splits, and overwintering nucleus colonies. Easily transfers combs and bees to and from full sized Bee Built top bar hives. 


  • 19" wide, 14" long, 9" tall Douglas fir top bar hive nucleus box
  • 22" long x 15¾" wide telescoping cover
  • 8 19" x 1" one piece Douglas fir top bars with wedge comb guides
  • 1 divider board
  • Stainless steel screws
  • Assembly Instructions

Tools required

  • Drill or screwdriver with Phillips head bit
  • Approximate assembly time: 15 minutes

Customer Reviews

Based on 27 reviews
Anne Fraser
Well Designed and Made

We finally got bees into our top bar this Spring (I have 30 Langstroth hives). I am impressed with the quality and design of this hive, and especially the fact that the top bar length is interchangeable with a Langstroth so that I can start top bars in a Langstroth hive or transfer a top bar nuc in a 19” box if needed. Only notes are (1) the hinge needs to be more robust as the screws are working loose and (2) the bees like to congregate under the lid along the outer edge of the top bars, where they are at risk of getting crushed when the hive is opened, so I need to heavy smoke to move them. Pulling the cover in toward the bars means more stress on the hinge. Overall, a very well made product, and I’ll be interested to see how they winter.

Rececca N.
Top Bar Nuc

Beautifully made and went together very nicely! This will be great for the next water meter we clean out!

Mike B.
Always Good

I am a repeat customer and have consistently received excellent customer service and great products. I stopped in last time I was in PDX and sampled and purchased some mead. Keep up the awesomeness! . . . Mike Blakey, Anchorage, Alaska

Great box.

Very excited, put it out on a stand and bees going inside before I could get back with the lid. Very well made.

Very Nice

Looking forward to using it.

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