Hi @cviewbee, hope you don't mind if I join in this conversation. I'm in Geraldton and a complete newbee.
I placed 2 hives under the 'verandah' of a shed, facing north, hoping that the bees would be protected from the elements, and that I might perhaps also extend the life of the cedar.
It seems to work well, as the hives are shaded during our very hot summer days, but get sunlight on them in the cooler months.
The hives were started in September, one from a purchased nuc, the other I collected two swarms from around town and merged them.
Both have been filling fast in the last 4 weeks, and I harvested two frames (for 6kg) a week ago.
Back to the point..... I'm planning on re-modelling my backyard in the next few months, and was thinking I'd place my hives in a chook run, and was thinking I'd have a
hive stand with a roof built over it. Keen to hear if this roof idea is contraindicated though.