Our new apiary!
Hey everyone, what a magnificent spot we have recently acquired to put a few beehives deep in the mountains at the foothill on some lovely chaps farm.
This was a real luck, a mate of a mate referred us to this site...
He had 4 'nuisance' bee-hives on his property... We removed them to our other apiaries and brought more from a dearth area and put them in the mountains on a nice sturdy stand locked up and fastened down to prevent humans or natures 'critters' interfering. This pic taken looking down from there.
These pics we took as the sun was setting from the foot of the hill. The following pics on the rock where we were about to move the following 2 hives.
Check out an interesting article here regarding this hive design the 'langstroth hive' In modern beekeeping, a Langstroth hive is any vertically modular beehive that has the key features of vertically hung frames, a bottom board with entrance for the bees, boxes containing frames for brood and honey (the lowest box for the queen to lay eggs, and boxes above where honey may be stored) and an inner cover and top cap to provide weather protection. In a Langstroth hive, the bees build honeycomb into frames, which can be moved with ease. The frames are designed to prevent bees from attaching honeycombs where they would either connect adjacent frames, or connect frames to the walls of the hive. The movable frames allow the beekeeper to manage the bees in a way which was formerly impossible.
The key innovation responsible for the hive's design was the discovery of bee space, a gap size of between 6–9 mm (1⁄4–3⁄8 in) in which bees would not build comb, nor would they close it with propolis.
Modern Langstroth hives have different dimensions from L. L. Langstroth's beehive that was originally patented in 1852 and manufactured until approximately 1920, but retain the main features of allowing bee space as well as easy access which works well for the bees but also makes management of the beehive easier for the beekeeper.
The standard beehive used in many parts of the world for beekeeping is based on the Langstroth hive. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Langstroth_hive
As the sun set and darkness fell upon us we removed these two boxes and off we went, another successful day!
Today we are going to see another farmer in the area too, regarding putting a few of our swarms down for pollination purposes in a watermelon and pumpking patch, should be very lucrative and interesting indeed.
Love and light. Be blessed always.