Part One: Preparing for Install
Having done this the right and wrong way a few times before, I feel pretty safe in saying that bees are really smart and you can’t really mess this up for them too much. However, you can mess it up for yourself and that can be your bigger concern, if you don’t feel like buying new hives every Spring!
You can choose from different types of hives – Langstroth, Top-Bar, Warre, Flow.
There are advantages and disadvantages to each (which you can find many resources for with a simple internet search) and you will get varying opinions, depending on a beekeeper’s objective. For instance, if you want hands-off honey harvesting, you might not go with the same hive as someone who was simply looking to support/increase the bee population.
Our beekeeping ambitions are: foster honey production (because we love all things honey!), support bee population, and pollination of our garden and farm.
This instructional is for the installation of Langstroth beehives and packaged bees.Continue reading “Starting Langstroth Beehives”