I live in michigan. Just picked up my first hive. Any suggestions on how high I should place it. I'm putting the hive on vacant land I own. I am afraid if its just 1 foot off the ground. I will have to dig it out of the snow to often this winter.
Rader S is right on the money. Most people elevate their hives for two reasons, easier on the back, and for critters such as skunks and possums (ignore the spelling.. lol) Serious though, give them an upper entrance/ventilation hole, and if you think that you may have a critter problem, most people elevate the hives to about 18 inches off the ground. That way it exposes the underbelly of the critters and the bees sting them in the tender area and they won't come back so quick..
I find that 14 " keeps skunk activity down, However, I have hives that sit on pallets, and a few that sit on a piece of rubber mat right on the ground. I do not like bending over to do a hive check and find that 2 deeps on cinder blocks is a great height to work the hive, however once you get 3 supers on the lifting can be a pain on elevated hives. Pick one and try it out, if you do not like it change it.
In Michigan a good windbreak and an upper entrance are important.Height is what ever is comfortable.Important also to keep in mind what Tenbears said about the critters.Michigan has a lot of critters that like eating bees and honey!
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