What is a Bee hive stand and do I really need one for my bees. We would say “Absolutely!!!”
A bee hive stand is a piece of sturdy equipment that raises the hive off the ground, this prevents cold from the moist ground going into the hive. It also helps with ventilation around the hive. Having the hive higher also prevents weeds blocking the front entrance of your hive.
This winter we designed and built a new bee hive stand, our new stands allow you to have two colonies on each stand. With a small work bench in between the hive hives for tool boxes, cups of tea etc (Please note Margaret :D). We will add chicken wire or mesh to this work bench (Not shown in photos).
The Bee hive stand is placed on four breeze blocks or bricks, so the hive stand is portable for our remote hive locations. We are also going to place weed mat below the Bee hive stand to prevent weeds growing up below the hives. We have had weeds growing through the meshboards in the past. How do you stop the weeds at your site?
We made these portable because we can't do any major changes to the landowners site. These could also be attached to more permanent legs, and placed on a concrete pad at a more permanent site like kiwimana HQ.
We are also going to add a Letter or Number to the hive stand below where the colony sits, this will make it easier for us when we take notes on what we did with that colony during inspections. Last year we had a map of our bee sites, but it was a nightmare if you ever lost that map.
We used a old set of kids Magnetic Letters to make the hive letters, I painted the front of the bee hive stand white. Then nailed the letter onto the wood (lightly). Then a did another coat of black paint and removed the plastic letter. The hive letters stands out very well, so will make inspections this year much easier.
We will test these new bee hive stands over the bee season and may look at selling them, if we find them useful for our beekeeping.
Comment below, what do you use as a Bee hive stand?