We live upon a nice-sized hill, and I cannot complain about the almost daily winds that whip thru here, especially in the summer. However, I am a bit stumped about how high I can safely go up with my hives. It is mainly the thunderstorm winds that I am keeping in mind, as we are the starting point of tornado alley, and the winds can come in gusts of 60-70 mph up here, although 30-50 is most common. Consequently,. I have placed all my hives behind windbreaks of one sort or another. Now, I have a great deal of area for South and SE facing hives, but they would be unprotected.
I really don't want to come out and see a few toppled hives or more. I see many pics of hives with only one brood box ,an excluder , and one medium super. Of course, I see pics showing more than that, but not as often...That does not strike me as a real honey-maker that I can harvest much from. So, I have that setup and two mediums instead of one. I figure that this way, I can leave one for winter feeding , and harvest the other.
Now, my meandering mind dredges up up another idea--A stronger hive would/should have more brood space, so how about a brood box and one medium super for a brood area, and two more mediums atop them for honey? That's where the kink is in my line---I want strong hives, but the thought of them toppling over concerns me....Any kind thoughts or friendly advice from you good folks?
Rick~ LtlWilli :confused: