Damian Jones wrote:How far is a good distance from the house, etc? What is a suitable place for summer....what do I do with them in the winter (Last night it hit -55 w/c)
tel jetson wrote:I'm not a fan of either of those for beehives. every time I've used any plywood, I've had issues with mold. MDF would turn to mush in short order.
for building your own, Langstroth is among the most difficult options. it's also among the most difficult options for management of the bees. one large advantage of Langstroth hives is the ease of obtaining equipment because it's nearly ubiquitous, but that won't do you any good if you're building your own.
winter and summer placement should be the same. moving hives is a pain in the ass for bees and beekeeper. if you can manage, a spot with mid-afternoon shade in summer, but good sun exposure all day in the winter is great. shelter from prevailing wind is nice, especially in the winter. shelter from rain is nice.
distance from the house? against a southeast wall of the house is often a great place, especially if there's a nice eave to keep wet weather off. the bees won't bother you unless you orient their flight path across a path you use a lot. standing ten feet from a hive, it's usually difficult to tell it's there unless you're facing it. with only a few exceptions, if bees are out of the hive, they're foraging, so they don't hang around.
-55 Fahrenheit? not really a big deal. thick lumber might be in order, and some folks like to wrap hives up in tar-paper for the winter, but if the colony has enough honey going into winter, they'll cluster up and make it through winter just fine in a hive free of leaks. shelter from wind is more important at lower temperatures, and you'll want to be able to excavate them from any snowdrifts so they can get in and out for cleansing flights.
David Livingston wrote:Dameon
Why dont you Check out Warre hives easy to build easy to manage and if you are only after honey for you And your family it should be enough.
You would need to get some real Wood though MDF And ply are not that good with bees due to moisture problems.
Cost me 40$ to build my hive.
Damian Jones wrote:
Cj Verde wrote:Making a Perone Hive pdf
Saved to my computer....good info....Thanks