• Beehives,  Reviews

    8 Best Bee Hive Starter Kits to Get in 2022

    Beekeeping is an extremely rewarding hobby to get involved in. Not only can one bee hive yield up to 100 pounds of honey, bees are excellent pollinators that would enhance any garden.  Beekeeping helps the environment too. Bee populations are declining everywhere due to pesticides and disease. Starting a bee hive helps increase the population of bees, which helps the ecosystem at the same time.   The easiest way to get into beekeeping is to buy a bee hive starter kit. But, what should you look for in the best bee hive starter kit?  All starter kits include a complete bee hive. Others will include the complete hive and accessories, such…

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    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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    Pros and Cons of Horizontal Hives

    When people think of beekeeping, they usually think of tall Langstroth hives. However, there is another type of hive that works just as well. It is called a horizontal hive. There are a lot of differences between Langstroth hives and horizontal hives. If you are new to beekeeping, it is a good idea to look at the pros and cons of horizontal hives. What are Horizontal Hives? A horizontal hive consists of one single, long box. Bars or frames are placed into the box, where bees build their comb. Horizontal hives are often used for natural beekeeping, as this structure is similar to where bees would nest in the wild.…

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    Beehives,  Beekeeping

    Best Location for Beehives

    As a beekeeper it is your job to provide the best living conditions for your bees as possible.  Part of that is to find the best location for your beehives. You can have all the right equipment for your apiary, but if it is not in the right location, your colony may not thrive.  This article will talk about how to find the best location for beehives.   When choosing the best location for beehives there are several things to consider.  Safety, accessibility, and environmental factors must be taken into account. If you have multiple beehives you need to also look at how far apart should beehives be placed.   Ideal Hive…

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    Waterproofing Beehives

    Beekeeping supplies can be a bit of an investment, but they usually do not need to be replaced very often. If you want your beehive to last a long time, it’s important that you properly maintain them. That includes protecting them from the elements, such as sun, rain, and snow. Waterproofing beehives provides a protective layer to seal the wood to stop moisture from seeping in. This strengthens the wood and increases it’s longevity. Benefits of Waterproofing Beehives Beehives that have been waterproofed last a lot longer than hives that are not. That’s not surprising because beehives are made out of wood and are exposed to a lot of sun,…

  • Beehives,  Getting Started

    Where to Buy Beehives – A Guide to Buying the Perfect Hive

    Are you a budding apiarist that would like to start a beehive?  You probably already know this, but beekeeping offers many wonderful benefits and is such a fun hobby overall. If you are new to beekeeping the first thing you must consider is where to buy beehives.   If you live in an urban area, chances are that you don’t live in close proximity to a store containing beehives and beekeeping supplies.  But don’t let that deter you! Nowadays, the best way to buy a beehive is to shop online.   Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This is at no cost to you and helps to keep…

  • Beehives,  Reviews

    10 Best Complete Bee Hives For Sale in 2022

    Are you interested in beekeeping?  Who wouldn’t be? Beekeeping is fun, educational, and it is beneficial to our ecosystem.  To be a successful beekeeper there are a few things you must have. The most important thing is the bee hive.  This article will discuss and compare the top complete bee hives for sale, so you can choose the best one for you.  What To Look For in a Complete Bee Hive Type of Beehive  The first thing you need to consider when choosing a complete bee hive for sale is the type of hive.  The 3 main types of bee hives are the Langstroth Hive, the Top Bar Hive, and…

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    Different Types of Beehives – With Pictures

    When you decide to get into beekeeping, you need to choose which type of beehive you are going to use. Each type of beehive has its own pros and cons that you should look into.  For example, some hives require heavy lifting, while others yield less honey.   This article will go over 4 different types of beehives with pictures included.   Langstroth Hive The Langstroth hive is the type of beehive that I write about most on this website.  That’s because it’s the most commonly used beehive, and also the one that I am most familiar with.    The Langstroth hive is named after it’s creator, L.L. Langstroth, who created the hive…

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    How to Adopt a Beehive

    Do you want to help bees without becoming a beekeeper yourself?  One of the best ways to do that is by adopting a beehive. By doing so, you can help honeybees and also support the beekeepers who care for them.   What is the Adopt a Beehive Program? Many apiaries participate in an adopt a beehive program.  The specifics of the program can differ, but they all work similarly.  How it works is you pay an adoption fee to the apiary of your choice. The beekeeper will use that money to care for your beehive.  In return, you will receive different gifts, depending on the apiary.  Usually you will get a…

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    10 Frame Langstroth Hive Dimensions

    Beehive manufacturers generally use the same measurements when making hive bodies. There may be slight differences, but not very much. That means that you can usually use different brands of beehives together.  The tables below include a measurement for the interior length and width because the exterior measurements can sometimes vary depending on the material used.  10 Frame Langstroth Hive Dimensions Type Depth Interior Length Interior Width Exterior Length Exterior Width 10 Frame Deep body 9 5⁄8 inches (240 mm) 18 3⁄8 inches (470 mm) 14 3⁄4 inches (370 mm) 19 ⅞ inches(504 mm) 16 inches(406 mm) 10 Frame Medium body/super 6 5⁄8 inches (170 mm) 18 3⁄8 inches (470…