Re: Designing welded hive stand: Seeking input
I make hive stands from treated 2X4's so that they are about 20 inches off the ground. This height reduces problems with wild turkeys and with skunks. My stands are square so that 4 colonies can be placed on them. You can do 4 colonies with 2 facing one direction and 2 the other or you can make it so that one colony faces each direction north, east, south, west. The important considerations:
Sturdy enough to hold up to 1200 pounds of bees and honey
High enough to discourage your predators
Always has a side you can work from so you are not in front of a colony
Must be very stable, you don't want it shaking from side to side
Last edited by Fusion_power; 02-25-2013 at 06:58 PM.
DarJones - 45 years, 10 colonies (max 40), sideliner, treatment free since 2005, 11 frame broodnest, small cell