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  1. #1
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    Default Hive Stands

    I just finished building my new hive stands just a few weeks ago. Just thought I would show a picture of them. I know a lot of beekeepers don't like their hives up to high and they have a point but I kind of like it where the animals won't bother them. I figure if the supers get to high in the air I can use my 4 wheeler and trailer to stand in. I'm sure I'll find things that I wish I would have done different but I'm here to live and learn.

    Butch Sears

    North Missouri
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    Default Re: Hive Stands

    Nice looking hive stands.

    I have herd people talking about longer landing strips for the bees. They say that when the bees come back loaded down with nectar and pollen they need a longer run way and it allows them to produce more honey.

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    Default Re: Hive Stands

    Looks good, those should be there for a long time. I made some similar but I used 4x4 posts. Looks like you used 6x6 post which look a lot stronger, think I'll use the 6x6 on the next one I build.

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    Default Re: Hive Stands

    It was all experimental to me I didn't know if 6x6's would be an over kill or not, I'm glad I went with them thinking that there could be a fair amount of weight on them at one time.

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    Default Re: Hive Stands

    These look nice, lots of time involved.
    Honey Hive Farms "Saving the world one bee at a time"
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    Default Re: Hive Stands

    I had 3 hives at the beginning of this year, all that I wanted was 2 hives, well I got 5 swarms this year all to easy to resist. They were hard to mow around setting on concrete blocks so I thought this plan up to make it easier to mow around. If you noticed I have 4 empty stands I am planning to stop at 12 hives.

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    Default Re: Hive Stands

    You must not have ant problems in your area.
    We use grease coated baffles on water-pipe legs for that problem.
    (Ants colony size inside city limits tend to be much larger than in rural areas)
    About 10" above the ground discourages skunk.
    Otherwise, quite good looking.
    Treated wood... right?
    What sort of fasteners?
    Did you paint copper naphthanate on the cut ends? That's a must to prevent rot from the middle out.

    Jerry

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    Default Re: Hive Stands

    We have ants but don't seem to have any trouble with them.
    I think my stands up to where the hive sets are around 16 to 18 inches.
    Its treated wood.
    I used patio screws and bolts.
    The Lumber company said that I wouldn't have to paint the ends on cut boards saying that none of the patio contractors ever paint the ends on what they build.
    I figure if they last a few years then I won't complain. The bees might all die out or something might happen to me.
    I take each day as it might be my last.

    Anyway I enjoy working with the bees I really enjoy it and maybe I'm helping the environment.

    Butch

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