The “Freedom” hive is a new development by Bee Kind Hives for 2016.
It has the advantages of using log hives but weighing only 17kgs, can be hoisted easily into trees or put on a tripod stand.
The hive body is a 12 sided cylinder with a volume of 55 litres.
I make the hives from Western red Cedar which is a light durable timber with good insulation properties.
The sides of the hives are a combination of wood/compressed shavings/wood to give thick warm walls.
Below is a selection of images describing the hives.
More pictures will be added in posts as the year develops as hives are put up in trees and hopefully populated by bees.
Looking down into the hive, showing the three layers.
The body with top ring and top board.
The top board has a “depriving ” hole which allows for a super, or small skep to be added.If it is a good year, a honey crop might be possible.
The hole is covered initially when setting up a new colony.
A freedom hive on a stand with a conical straw hat or”hackle”.
Close up of hackle with ceramic hackle cap.