My First DIY Bee Hive

Recently, I decided to get into the world of bees and become an apiarist. The beehive that most people would be accustomed to would be the Langstroth Hive.

Langstroth Hive

 

The other is the Top Bar Hive:

 

Top Bar Hive

But recently I discovered the Warre garden hive.

The Warre hive (After Abbé Émile Warré) was developed utilizing over 50 years of research. It is today known as, what he liked to call, “The People’s Hive” in the early 1950s. In a comparative study of bee hives, including the Langstroth hive, he focused on each hives simplicity, ease of management and natural qualities including the building of natural comb (rather than unnatural framing like the Langstroth) and the bee’s retention heat and scent.

Warre disliked the invasive procedures of other beehives common to his day and time, and wished to build something that was both natural and simple for upkeep. Making for healthier and happier bees. Utilizing this philosophy Warre developed the Warre Hive that we now know today.

Warre would typically add a couple empty boxes to the bottom of the hive in the Spring and remove the top boxes from the hive (full of honey) in the Fall. This allows for something few other hives offer: The continual cycle of new comb into and old comb out of the hive without the destruction of the precious brood chamber, as each year prior to Winter the bees move the excess honey stores to the top of the hive. This removes the pesticide-laden comb from the hive every couple years, making for a healthier, happier colony.

Warre Hive

With the increase of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) now is definitely the time to invest into Bee Keeping. Most people seem to be afraid of bee’s not realizing that the honey bee is not like the aggressive bumblebee. Honey bee’s mild nature make an excellent benefit to your home. Whether you have a small or large property, owning your own hive is definitely easy. Plus you get to have all your own honey (for free!). Since I am a DIY kinda guy I suggest the DIY Bees Garden Hive. Let me know how your hive is going!

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