Bee Hive Plans

If you don't mind a little basic woodwork, you could save yourself a fair amount of money, and you may well be able to use up a few of those odds and ends of wood off-cuts lying around in the shed.

These are all top bar hive plans, more suited to some of the principles of Natural Beekeeping.

Click on the links provided (please note, the plans are in PDF format, and some of these documents may take a little time to download, and each of these links opens a new window).

Top Bar Beehive
In this 40 page download, Phil Chandler shares step by step, how to build a top bar bee hive. He even provides a recipe for an eco friendly wood preservative. This is very important - some wood coatings now contain neonicotinoid pesticides, and others may contain chemicals unsuitable for use around bees.

Phil wrote "The Barefoot Beekeeper" which outlines principles of natural beekeeping, as well as the thinking behind his design for a top bar hive.

Pictured right - the latest edition.

Top Bar Bee Hive Plans For The Golden Mean Ratio Hive Design by Corwin Bell

Corwin Bell who has designed a number of top bar hives, also offers top bar bee hive plans for his Golden Mean Ratio model, along with the tools and materials needed to construct it.

The plans are available from

The kits are for purchase only, and I'm not aware of any free copies available anywhere. 

However, if you like the idea of constructing your own bee hive, but would like to take at least some of the hassle out of it, or if you think you know some-one who would love to receive this as a gift, then it seems pretty ideal.

Bell has also produced a DVD, which has received some great ratings  - Alternative Beekeeping Using the Top Bar Hive and The Bee Guardian Methods

Warré Hive - Metric
Compiled by Dr David Heaf, who wonderfully translated Abbé Émile Warré's book "Beekeeping For All", this is a metric version of plans for the 'People's Hive', designed by Abbé Émile Warré.

David Heaf also wrote "The Bee Friendly Beekeeper" referring to this type of beekeeping as

By the way, if you missed it on one of the other pages, I thought you might also be interested in this lovely free beekeeping book, written by Abbé Émile Warré: Beekeeping For All, again, translated by that lovely man, Dr David Heaf. Enjoy!

So there is one more item available, an that's the plans for a hive created by Roger Delon.

Roger Delon's Warré Hive
Roger Delon was a beekeeper who favoured the Warré hive.

This PDF contains not only construction detail, but also some interesting information in which Roger Delon shares his experience and knowledge of Warré beekeeping.

After you have constructed your hive.......

You will need a range of beekeeping items, but some things can easily be pulled together from items you already may have in the store cupboard, or can easily get hold of. 

For instance, a large, clean feather, such as a goose or turkey feather could make an excellent, gentle brush.

See these few tips.

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How to Start Beekeeping
Link from Bee Hive Plans to main beekeeping section of the site.

Natural Beekeeping
Link from Bee Hive Plans to this brief introduction to principles of Natural Beekeeping. Natural beekeeping aims to keep chemicals out of the hive, and ensure minimal 'interference' from the beekeeper. Degrees of practice vary, but it appears to be a growing movement in beekeeping.

Honey Bee Deaths Explored
Links to lots of information about honey bee deaths, such as CCD, habitat, pesticides, and so on.

Bee Plants
If you want to start beekeeping, you may need to fill your garden with lots of bee plants. Here you'll find calendarised lists of garden plants, wildflowers, trees, shrubs, herbs and even fruit and vegetables that attract bees.

Beekeeping Videos
Take a look at these great videos about beekeeping.

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