• Beehives,  Beekeeping Supplies,  Reviews

    Start Beekeeping Now With Bee Hive Kits for Beginners

    Like most new hobbies, beekeeping requires a certain set of equipment before you get into it. Of course you need a bee hive and bees, but you also need protective clothing, tools, and supplies.   Luckily getting into beekeeping is easier now than ever before.  There is so much information on the internet and you can purchase everything you need in bee hive kits for beginners.   Disclosure: As an affiliate I earn from qualifying purchases. This is at no cost to you and helps to keep this website running. Beekeeping for Beginners Ordinances Beekeeping is a hobby that requires some preparation before starting.  You don’t want to get all your equipment…

  • Beehives,  Reviews

    My Review On Galena Farms Bee Hives

    The most exciting thing for a beekeeper to buy is a new beehive.  Depending where you live, you may not be able to get beehives locally. In that case, you’ll have to order your beehive online.   There are several online retailers that sell beehives, such as Amazon, or manufacturer websites. A new website that I recently tried is Galena Farms. This post will review Galena Farms, including a list of the pros and cons of ordering from Galena Farms and comparison of Galena Farms vs Amazon. What is Galena Farms? Galena Farms is located in the middle of Ohio.  They sell 8 and 10 frame beehives, hive parts, foundation, and…

  • Beehives,  Beekeeping

    What is the Advantage of 8 Frame Hives?

    When you are shopping for beehives, you will notice that there are 2 configurations for Langstroth hives. Langstroth beehives come with either 8 frames or 10 frames.  The box will have dimensions specifically for the corresponding number of frames.  10 frames means more room for bees, and more room for honey, so what is the advantage of 8 frame hives? Disclosure: As an affiliate I may earn from qualifying purchases. This is at no cost to you and helps to keep this website running. About 8 Frame Hives Langstroth hives are composed of three different sections.  The bottom portion consists of the hive stand, bottom board, and entrance reducer.  Next…

  • Beehives,  Reviews

    Hoover Hives Review – Should You Get a Wax Coated Beehive?

    Since I’ve started my website I’ve had a chance to learn about a lot of different beehives. One that has stood out as a favorite among beekeepers is the Langstroth hive made by Hoover Hives.   I’ve been wanting to write a Hoover Hives review for a long time because of their wax coated wood.  I wrote an article about safe paint for beehives and learned about how damaging paint can be, for bees and for us.  That led me to discover the many benefits of wax coated beehives.   This Hoover Hives review will include an indepth look at the features of Hoover Hives, as well as the pros and cons. …

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    How to Choose the Best Type of Beehive

    Beekeeping has been around for thousands of years. In fact, there have been drawings of people collecting honey from bees 10,000 years ago. Back then, they would have to find the beehives, and would then keep the precious honey in pots. Pots of honey were even found in the tomb of King Tut!   Today, modern beekeeping is done using man made beehives and honey can easily be harvested without destroying the entire colony.  If you are new to beekeeping the first thing you may ask yourself is, what is the best type of beehive? This article will go over the 3 most popular types of beehives used today.   Langstroth Hive…

  • Beehives,  DIY

    Safe Paint for Beehives

    While beekeeping can be considered an art in itself, some beekeepers have turned their beehives into literal works of art.  I’ve seen photos of many beautiful beehives, covered with intricate designs.  Even if you are not planning on painting pictures on your hives, most beekeepers do paint their hives at least one color. It’s for more than just looks.  Painting beehives helps to protect the wood from the elements, thus making the hive last longer.   The most important thing is that you must use safe paint for beehives. Other paint has too many chemicals that can be harmful to bees.  Also, remember to paint only the outside of your beehive,…

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    Top Bar Beehives For Sale

    There are 3 main types of beehives – the Langstroth, the Warre, and the Top Bar. The Langstroth is the most commonly used type of beehive today, but another great option is the top bar beehive.   Top bar beehives have less parts than Langstroth beehives.  They do not use frames and are not stacked.  This article will discuss the basics of  top bar beehives, including where to buy top bar beehives for sale.   What is a Top Bar Beehive? A top bar beehive is a single box hive with wooden bars across the top.  Top bar hives differ from Langstroth hives in that everything is contained to one box, whereas…

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    Beehives That Drain Honey

    Harvesting honey is one of the most exciting things about beekeeping.  After several months of hive inspections and maintenance, you finally get to reap the rewards of your hard work.  But, harvesting honey is sticky, messy, and time consuming.   To remedy that, a whole new type of beehive has been created.  These beehives that drain honey feature the latest in honey harvesting technology to allow honey to be collected directly from the beehive.   How Beehives That Drain Honey Work Beehives that drain honey work by utilizing special frames in the honey super.  The frames in the brood box are the same as traditional Langstroth hives, but the frames in the…

  • Beehives,  Beekeeping Supplies

    Beehive Super Dimensions

    You will notice that a Langstroth Beehive consists of several wooden boxes.  Different boxes have different functions. The boxes on the bottom are called brood boxes, and the boxes on the top are called honey supers, or beehive supers. Supers are where the bees store their honey.   If you buy a complete beehive it might come with 1 super, but as your colony grows and makes more honey, you will need to add onto it.  Luckily, you can get beehive supers separately. This article will discuss everything you need to know about supers, including beehive super dimensions and their weight when full of honey. What is a Beehive Super? The…

  • Beehives,  Beekeeping

    How Far Apart Should Beehives be Placed?

    In beekeeping, the place where you keep your beehives is called an apiary, or a bee yard. Because beekeeping has different practices around the world, there are many different kinds of apiaries.  Commercial apiaries are large and contain many hives. While, an urban beekeeper’s apiary will consist of a hive or two in their backyard.  No matter the size of the beekeeping operation, beekeepers must be careful when setting up their apiaries.  Some things they must take into account are wind, sun, shade, water, and level ground. Next they must decide how far apart should beehives be placed.   Why Proper Beehive Placement is Important  Moving beehives is stressful for bees…