Now that you know a little bit about bees, what they are, what they do, etc, it’s time to talk about the second most important part of beekeeping. After bees, the most crucial part of beekeeping is the beehive.
Wild colonies of bees generally take up residence in cavities in trees or other places where they are sheltered from the elements and relatively safe from predators. Beekeepers, who don’t usually have hollow trees on hand, substitute with conventional beehives. In America, the standard beehive is the Langstroth hive. You've probably seen these beehives before, since nearly every beekeeper uses them.
Dad started out using standard beehives, but after he got the hang of beekeeping, he decided to try some of the alternative hive options out there. So far he's only tried two, but I'll just tell you a bit about how they're different from standard hives and why we do (or do not) use them now.
These are the hives Dad started out with. The hive is made of stacked boxes. Inside these boxes are frames.
|Box full of frames|
|The hive boxes are painted to help them last longer. And green was the color we had lying around.|
|Inside the hive|
|A big hive|
|Sometimes these hive can get a little tall.|
But just because we're using 'normal' beehives doesn't mean we're becoming more 'normal'. Don't get any crazy ideas.