Beekeeping Hive- 4 Facts To Know

Beekeeping Hive- 4 Facts To Know

Article by Amaechi Ekufu

Beekeeping is the practice of looking after bees for the purpose of harvesting honey from them after a period of time. The habitat for these bees is known as a beekeeping hive. This habitat is the place where all the honey making process takes place and it is where the bees reside. There are 6 important facts about a beekeeping hive that every beekeeper needs to be aware about.

1. Types of Hives

In the first place, every intending beekeeper needs to know that there are numerous types of beekeeping hives. The one that one opts for depends on their taste and preference. Sometimes, the weather, terrain or the availability of materials for the beekeeping hive are responsible for the type of hive that one eventually opts to go for. There are two kinds of hives; those that occur naturally (also known as nests) and those that are created by human beings (commonly referred to as beehives).

2. Nature of the Hive

A beekeeping hive is usually designed in such a way that it can sustain the lives of the bees as well as provide a proper breeding place for them while offering proper ground for the honey to be manufactured by the bees. A typical hive is made up of hexagonal cells which are made of beeswax. These hexagonal cells are together are called the ‘honey comb’ and it is where the honey the honey and pollen from flowers is stored. It is also where the eggs are stored and well protected.

3. The Use of smoke

A beekeeping hive is greatly affected by smoke because the smoke gives the bees the notion that a fire outbreak is not so far away. Smoke can be used to either calm down the bees when harvesting of the honey is about to begin or to relocate the bees to an entirely new place. There are times when authorities decide that a particular beekeeping hive be removed because of the dangers of the hive. In such instances

4. Materials for the Hives

As already mentioned, the materials used to make the beehive are very much dependant on availability and accessibility. In some places of the world like in Egypt, mud and clay hives are still used in making beehives while in other places, the Langtroth hives are used. These hives are originally made for comb honey production and it is the commonest type used across the world today. A typical Langstroth hive is made up of the following parts a hive stand, a bottom board, a brood box, the honey super, frames and foundation, inner cover and the outer cover.

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