The Langstroth Hive - Apis Mellifera Beekeeping Course

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The Langstroth Hive

Session 3
Hive Constructions

A huge variety of Bee Hive Constructions worldwide

A self built two-storey Langstroth Hive

two-storey Langstroth Hive
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This was our own design of a Langstroth hive with the following alterations and particulars.

Some pros and cons revealed after some time in use:
1. Hive width fits 9 frames. Pros: Enabling to stack either 8 or 10 frame standard boxes on; achieving symmetric build up of 9 combs with one centre frame. (The centre of 8 or 10 frames is a gap)

2. Hive painted with acryllic decking oil. Pros: retaining natural timber look. Cons: Acryllic decking oil needs to be re-applied every 6-12 months, not a wise choice.

3. Overhanging pitched roof with ventilated roof cavity with no access for bees. Pros: Good insulation properties. Cons: Roof overhang provides nesting place for spiders. Roof cavity with no access for bees provides perfect nesting place for small ants.

Tip: Make sure that your hive design does not have any cavities the bees cannot access from inside the hive, otherwise they provide shelter for spiders, ants, wax moths and Small Hive Beetles.

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