The 4 most basic types of Beekeeping Hives

The 4 most basic types of Beekeeping Hives

There are several types of beekeeping hives that one could use when indulging in beekeeping. As a matter of fact, there are quite many types of hives, so man that almost every part of the world has a certain type of hive that they use for beekeeping. Being a world wide activity, beekeeping attracts very many people t to the practice and quite often these people would like to carry out beekeeping but have no clue what beekeeping hives they should use.  Below is a breakdown of the 4 most widely used beekeeping hives.


1. The Langstroth hives


In 1851, Reverend Lorenzo Lorraine Langstroth, a clergy man, beekeeper and teacher was able to identify a particular design of beekeeping hive and actually make it.  Today, more than 75% of beehives are actually Langstroth hives, named after their inventor. There are several classes of the Langstroth hives and some of them include the Modified Commercial and Modified Dadant, Normalmass, Frankenbeute, Smith and British Modified National Hive. In there lanstroth hives, there is great usage of space and the frames are usually not glued together and neither are they filled with burr comb as is usually the case with other bee hives.



2. The traditional Mud and Clay Hives


The practice of beekeeping is worldwide and spreads to most parts of the world. In ancient times, beekeeping was practiced in a different way. Many of the accessories and items that are available today where not available back then so people used things like mud, dung and straw to make the beehives. This did not at all hamper the effectiveness of the beehives because they did a very great job providing habitat for the bees. The places where the mud and clay beekeeping hives were very common included Italy, Greece, the Middle East and Egypt where they are still being used up to today.


3. Top-Bar Beekeeping hives


In places where resources are limited, the langstroth hive is difficult to make and the Top-bar hives are a proper alternative because they are quite easy to set up and do not require as much attention or equipment. Their originality points to Kenya though there are several places in the world today where they are being used. They use movable frames that utilize the bee space.


4. Warre Hives or People’s Hive

With a similarity to the Langstroth hive, the Warre Hives were invented by Abbe Emil Warre. Physically, the beehive has boxes that are usually lined up vertically and the top bars offer support for the comb. This particular kind of beekeeping hive is used mostly by individuals who take part in beekeeping as a hobby.


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