I was introduced to the WARM WAY set up for beehives a few weeks ago. Everything I have seen points to another way raising bees. Iwas wondering how many out there use or have heard of this.
The things I like about it:
- The frame sits on the ground made of 2x10s on a bed of stone dust
- ventilation is accomplished through convection which is regulated by the bees
- the openings for ventilation have regular screen and 1/2" mesh for critters
- stone dust is impregnated with nematodes twice a year for SHB
- the entrance is oriented perpendicular to the frames and away from prevailing winds
- from the entrance the bees place pollen, brood then honey in that order: is this anyone's experience; does this hold true for the rest of the hive?
- The top feeder is enclosed in a feed shim using rapid feeders which is not open to the environment and stays at colony ambient temperature.
- feeder shim is screened off; you are not exposed to bees when checking levels...
- syrup is not open to the air
- you can work the colony from the rear and can keep the colony at (3)-8-framed boxes and remove honey frames as they are capped.
- Other than all this it is pretty much the same.
Here is a video of Billy Davis