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Do I Need a Hive Stand?

Compare your bee hive to your home, the foundation is the strength and stability just as a hive stand is for the hive. Ranging in different styles and materials, hive stands needs to be the base of every hive. You will rarely see any feral colony with a house established at ground level. The occasional swarm may initiate at ground level but will conclude 40 feet above ground. Scout bees locating an ideal home must consider:

Moisture: The wet ground breeds mold or fungus that encourages bee diseases.
Predators: Ground looming predators, such as skunks or raccoons, are willing to take on a colony for their treasure.

Hive stands are the control for these issues and many more that can plague a hive. Elevating the hive from the ground forces predators to raise up and expose their hairless bellies that bee can easily sting. Presence away from ground moisture preserves the wooden structure of your hive and prevents diseases from impacting the colony. Hive stands supply better ventilation to the hive for the bees to control humidity and temperature. All factors contribute to brood development and the conversion of nectar to honey.

What style hive stand should you be looking for? The sky is the limit. Cinder blocks, metal, or wood constructed in a way that it can support the weight of a honey laden hive. Consider how many hives will be placed on the stand, the dimensions of the hive, will it be stationary, etc.

Here are some things to consider when forming your hive:

  • The ground beneath your hive stand should be kept clear

  • The hive stand or ground needs to be adjusted to level the hive. Keep a slight slope to the hive so that rain water can easily drain.

  • The height of the hive stand impacts the height of the hive. Plan for the height of the upper most super being below your shoulder.

  • Think about predators in your area. Mice, skunks, raccoons, bears (hives stands will not help with a bear attack. Sorry).
Remember that the hive stand is the foundation. Choose materials that strengthen your hive and protect your colony.