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Height of the hive


#1

Hi everyone. First year of bee keeping. Is there a recommended height for the hive? Looking at videos and pics they all seem low to the ground. I was going to put mine 75cm to a metre high.
Any advice would be great.


#2

Hi Glann, @watta

These linked topics above go into the issue to some depth so worth a read of the various views.


#3

Good height I’m not a beekeeper my father was and he use to have his sit on A frames about 45 to 65cm off the ground for the reason others have stated.


#4

I like 18 to 20 inches. 2 cinder blocks high. When you start adding boxes it gets tall fast.


#5

It can be determined by your own height being taken into consideration. I am 168 cms and mine are 25 cms off the ground. That gives me an ideal height to remove frames from the super before I remove the super and the queen excluder to still work relatively comfortably to check the brood frames and not to suffer from back ache. I work from the ground next to the hive.
A hive at ground level is laying you open to many bad issues and should be avoided at all costs. I have a pallet on two besser blocks high with the hives sitting on the top of the pallet.
Regards Glenn


#6

Thanks Peter, that’s what i was thinking. Have a good height shelf ready to go. Once again thankyou for your information. Starting to get very excited, just waiting for my bees to arrive.


#7

Thanks mate. Hadn’t really thought about when i add extra boxes.


#8

Thank Nicky, looks like i should be fine with the shelf i have.


#9

Hi Watta,
Mine are 1.5 feet off the ground for splashing rain, or snow and to keep above opossums who like to eat bees. it’s also a little bit easier to stand and inspect.


#10

Hey @Martha, have you tried girding up your loins yet? I bet that would help a lot with splashing rain. :smile: :rofl: :heart_eyes:


#11

I did gird my loins and it works great with a beach towel too!


#12

Am I the only one missing what this is about?:anguished: Come on Dawn, you can’t corrupt my mind if I haven’t a clue what it is about
Regards :thinking:


#13

It was on a different thread, @Peter48. Sorry about that. I was teaching @Martha the meaning of the phrase, and how to actually go about doing it. She said she would try it in a maxi dress (long full skirt) on her boat. I asked for pictures, but she hasn’t posted any yet… :smiling_imp: :clown_face:

Edit: Here is a link to the old thread:


#14

I posted your jpeg demonstration on facebook for an amusment and it was funny!


#15

yeah- I’m with peter on this one- I like to make stands that are roughly a bit below knee height- any lower and you have to stoop to work on the brood box- and any taller and things get awkward when you add a few more boxes.

If I had two brood boxes I might even have lower stands.


#16

Which way are you going, with conventional Langstroth super or with a Flow Hive Super?
I am guessing you are buying a nuc and with it being spring time it won’t be long till you have a hive full of bees and honey.
Cheers Glenn