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 insulation with an inspection board on the base and a thick cedar board on the top from which the bees will build their comb downwards.
The inner layer is made of rough sawn cedar which is encourages the bees to deposit propolis, vital for their health.
A freedom hive on a stand with a conical straw hat or”hackle”.
Or strapped to the trunk of a tree
Entrances are three one inch holes. The top is just over halfway up and this is where bees tend to take in the pollen and nectar, using the bottom hole for ventilation, especially fanning away moisture when ripening honey.