About this Hive: This hive is ready to go and has the capacity to accommodate your bees throughout the year, with room for honey if you get lucky. The hive has a double walled screened bottom board with sloped entrance and entrance reducer, two deep pine hive boxes for the brood chamber, and one medium pine honey super, a Vivaldi Board™️ with Vivaldi Screen™️,and curved roof with a strengthening ridge with screened ventilation.
This hive comes with fully assembled wood frames installed with wax coated plastic foundation. We use black foundation in the brood boxes to help you find eggs, and white foundation in the honey super. We also offer foundationless frames by request. Call us for more information on these.
Vivaldi Board™️: The Vivaldi Board™️/Vivaldi Screen™️ combination provides moisture management, insulation, and feeding options that are not available in a standard hive with an inner cover. We use them on all our own hives.
Screened Bottom Board: We consider the screened bottom board an essential tool in modern beekeeping. It includes a mite tray (sometimes called a sticky board) that provides a convenient way to count varroa mites without killing or disrupting the bees. It is less accurate than jar sampling methods, but can be done as often as you want, without harming the bees, to make up for the lower accuracy. Frequent sampling gives you a better sense of changes in mite infestation rate.
Curved Lid: This lid uses a poly metal cover that is curved around the frame and attached with self washered screws. This lid offers significant benefits over the standard lid: screened ventilation, mold resistance, and dry-feeding room.
Screened Ventilation: At the peak of the cover are ventilation slots on both ends. This helps ventilation in the hot summer months, and helps dissipate moisture build up in the cool and wet months. Since this roof material does not absorb moisture (moisture = mold), ventilation is particularly helpful.
Dry Feeding Space: The combination of the curved roof and a strengthening internal ridge (see images) creates a perfect space for feeding fondant, drivert sugar, and pollen patties.
Moisture Management: The slope of the curved roof naturally sheds water away from the hive. It is made of a poly metal material that, unlike traditional telescoping covers made of plywood and metal, does not absorb moisture inside the hive. This attribute eliminates mold that typically build up on the underside of the plywood panel of standard telescoping covers. However, there is no free lunch. The moisture has to go somewhere. Some of the moisture will dissipate out the ventilation slots, but a strong hive produces a lot of moisture, so you should plan on using a Vivaldi Board™️ to help manage the moisture.