Well spring is nearly here and I've been busy making 6 and 8 frame Nuc's and 20 and 35 frame top bar hives which take National hive deep frames. The kids have painted them and I just need to do some splits from my hives and put some out for catching swarms.
I want to post pics but it won't allow me to for some reason.
Lol sorry should have said the were top frame hives. I'm also doing a double stack of supers in the centre of the 20 framer with small covers either side of the supers so I'm hoping the bee's will create a double width brood box which I'm hoping will fill the supers quickly. I'm converting an old hifi cabinet with a glass door(which will have a sheet of plywood blocking it) into a Slovenian hive and I'm going to try a japanese hive too. Just want to see how the bee's work differently in different hives and which allows them to be disturbed as little as possible and allows them to manage themselves. Any suggestions and ideas are all welcome. Thanks in advance.
Location: woodland, washington
posted 2 weeks ago
hive style is one important variable. another is how the hive is populated. I've always had the best luck with prime swarms, regardless of the form the hive takes.
seems like you're set up pretty well to make nucs. would you be interested in creating some colonies with the express purpose of providing swarms?
hive location is another tricky variable. location with regard to structures, vegetation, topography, and other hives. locating hives far away from each other minimizes horizontal transmission of pathogens and pests while allowing vertical transmission that colonies can adapt to, for one example.