The Hive

beekeeping_super Winter is also a great time to prepare the equipment needed to house and care for your bees. One option is to purchase equipment from online companies. A quick web search of “honeybee supplies” yields several results. You can purchase hive kits, or you can build a hive that meets your individual needs. In order to build your own, you need to know about the hive’s construction.

Standard hives are called Langstroth hives. These hives were developed by the Rev. Lorenzo Langstroth and consist of a series of boxes known as supers. Each super typically contains ten frames that hold the bee combs, just like a filing cabinet holds hanging folders. Bee combs must be drawn by the bees from a thick wax template, known as foundation, which is held by the frame until the comb is established.