Choosing a Bee Hive

bee hiveHoneybees can build hives in nearly any protected area such as hollow tree trunks or gaps between walls in buildings. Today honeybees are kept in hives with removable frames allowing the honeycomb to be removed easily with no damage to the bees themselves.

Contemporary hives have very specific parts which include: the hive stand which keeps the beehive off the ground so it is less likely to be attacked by termites, flood, or rot if water gets under the hive. The hive stand can be anything under the hive to keep it off the ground and level, such as a wooden stand or a layer of bricks. Th
e hive rests on three side panels on top of the bottom board with the fourth panel forming the entrance.

The main area of a standard hive, called a brood chamber, usually holds ten frames for which the bees can build their comb and houses the bees. Above the brood chamber are areas called supers where excess honey is stored.

The inner cover of the hive is a flat piece of wood with a hole in the centre for ventilation. The top cover must be waterproof to protect the hive.

You can view our recommended beekeeping supplies stores for many options to purchase bee hives.

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