I had three. Lost one, learned from it and will re-populate that particular hive when I get the chance. Now I have two, one doing great and the other has bees from a cut out and a bought queen from a man who sells them about an hour from where I live.. She is laying and I'm very glad that I tied a lot of the cut-out comb to some of the top bars.. Are currently feeding that hive a 1:1 sugar water mix with 2 tsp of Pro Health (experiment).
Top Bar hives are easy to love and I recommend checking out Michael Bush's website and just use his plans for the Kenyan Top Bar.. Doesn't get much simpler than that. [=