Bee Hive Design

There are a number of types of bee hive design. If you are considering beginning beekeeping, you may like to read up about the honey bee hives available.

Through the ages, humans have found all manner of ways to keep bees and harvest honey, from traditional skeps to hollowed tree trunks.

You can read more about this – see this brief History Of Beekeeping.

Top Bar Hive Bee Hives
Top bar bee hive design can be vertical or horizontal. They are becoming increasingly popular with the growth of the Natural Beekeeping movement.

The Warré bee hive (or People’s Hive was pioneered by Abbé Émile Warré (pictured above), but there are other types of top bar hive.

One advantage of the Top bar bee hive design, is that it can be constructed at home as long as you have some basic carpentry skills.

To learn more, go to Top Bar Hive Plans.

Traditional Honey Bee Hives
Pictured left is the National Hive. With generations of research from the likes of George Wheler, Johann Dzierzon to Langstroth, there have been many attempts to create designs that would house honey bees, maximise honey production, and help facilitate the exploitation of honey bees. Many of the hive designs evolving from the work of these men and others, remain in wide spread use today (depending on the country in which you live). You can read more about these by going to
Honey Bee Hives.

Space For A Backyard Hive
If you are wanting a hive in the backyard, space may be a primary concern. With all the different types of beekeeping hive available, and the numerous pieces of equipment and attachments required, you may rightly be concerned about storage for all your beekeeping equipment (not merely the hive itself, but also the honey extractor equipment and so on). In this case it may be worth you considering a simple bee hive design, such as a
top bar hive. Top bar hives, in the words of author beekeeper, Paul Peacock, create honey “as it used to be”, and many beekeepers who use top bar hives also eat the honey and honeycomb together (honeycomb is edible). Top bar bee hives allow the bees to create their own combs, unlike traditional hives, such as the Langstroth hive.

If you are thinking of buying a bee hive, take a look at these buying tips.

Go from Bee Hive Design to How To Start Beekeeping for the main links to beekeeping resources on this site.

Or why not read this information about Gardening For Bees.

If you are thinking of purchasing second hand beekeeping equipment, find out how to properly disinfect it, in order to protect the bees from the risk of spreading diseases. Go to Used Beekeeping Equipment.

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