Posted 21 Sept 18
Choosing The Best Beehive Depending On Your Purpose For Beekeeping
by Ali Foster
|The Langstroth hive, invented in 1851, was the first beehive to contain removable frames, which facilitated better bee inspection by allowing easier access. Though it is considered the most popular among beekeepers, according to Hobby Farms, there are various beehive plans to choose from as you indulge in beekeeping. Sometimes it is unclear which type of hive would work best for you and the final decision depends on different factors that vary among beekeepers. One of the most effective ways to settle the confusion is to select based on the primary reason you are getting into beekeeping. These reasons include facilitating pollination in your garden and production of honey.|
A hive to pollinate your garden
Any beehive can help to pollinate your crops, but they achieve this in different degrees. Logically, the larger the hive, the larger the bee population, but also the more work for you. Hives that perform excellently in facilitating pollination include the British National, the Kenya and Warre hives. However, If you dislike all the work associated with larger hives, you can opt for a Nuc hive which works best when positioned at the corner of your garden or fruit orchard.
A hive for harvesting honey
If you are getting into beekeeping to produce honey rather than pollinate crops, the Langstroth hive is the best option. It has many advantages such as sufficient ventilation, but the ease of honey collection stands out as their key selling point. Also, these hives are designed to maximise brood and honey while minimising drone production. They can also be moved more easily because the parts can be disassembled and restacked. Also, since they are standardized concerning size and shape, you can remove honey and brood frames from strong hives and put them in weaker ones for boosting.
Beehives for selling
Since the Langstroth hive is the most widely preferred, commercial suppliers manufacture thousands of them. This means that competing with their friendly prices would be difficult. The most marketable hives for small-scale sellers would be those that are not typically offered by major suppliers. As a woodworker seeking to make some money off selling hives, you should opt for those that are gaining popularity but are not widely available, which include the Warre and Kenya. The Warre, though smaller in size than the Langstroth, compare to the same regarding production. It is also better looking and can fetch better prices especially if you add some unique and special designed.
After determining your choice of hive based on the purpose, you should think about the availability of the equipment. Also, consider the cost of startup, the amount of time you are planning to be in beekeeping and ultimately, the health of your bee colonies. Do not forget to check your local council and government's beekeeping rules and regulations. You can also join a local beekeeping club or find like-minded people through social media.