New Hive

The bees are clustered in their hives and only venture forth briefly on the occasional sunny day; conserving their energy and waiting for the return of flowering trees and plants in the spring. We can’t do anything for them now but cross our fingers and hope they make it. It’s the time to reflect back on the past season and get ready for the next.

IMG_4694We’re going to be experimenting with a Warre hive next year. It is also a foundationless top bar hive like the Kenyan; but it uses stacked boxes similar to a regular Langstroth hive. The specific advantages of this hive type over the horizontal top bar are:

  • very easy to build
  • uses less yard space
  • very low maintenance requirements
  • few intrusions into the hive
  • good over-wintering ability
  • and it just looks cute

It has a few weak points too, of course, but there are ways of dealing with these:

  • IMG_4695less opportunity to interact with and observe the bees on the comb
  • harder to assess hive health
  • potentially more likely to swarm

 

 

IMG_4692The hive came together really easily, following one of the plans available on the internet. I don’t have the best tools and I was using scrap material I still had from previous projects, but it still looks pretty good. Now I’m really curious to see how the bees will like it.

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One Response to New Hive

  1. maidenfarmer says:

    Keeping bees is so worthwhile-I too did a course late last year in readiness for keeping bees at home on the farm next spring (your fall). The Warre hives are the way to go- even though there is less interaction as you say- i think that is the point- less interference with the bees and a more proportionate sharing of the food (Honey) with them.
    I have been so so lucky to be able to study with Tim Malfroy- who is Australia’s premier advocate of Natural Beekeeping.This a link to Tim’s Tim’s philosophy on natural beekeeping http://www.malfroysgold.com.au/naturalbeekeeping.html

    good luck with your hive- it looks more than just pretty good- it looks awesome!

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