Beecentric Hives are Built for Bees The beecentric hives are built for bees and modelled after their natural habitat – a hollow tree trunk. Initially inspired by the Warre hive, the beecentric hive uses eight-frame Langstroth boxes. The number of frames is significant as the width of the hive should not exceed the width of […]
Screened Bottom Boards Reduce Mites and Increase Ventilation Each Beecentic Hive has a pest management (IPM) screened bottom board to reduce the threat of varroa mites and increase ventilation. Unlike solid bottom boards, screened bottom boards have an open 1/8th-inch wire mesh bottom. Honeybees are naturally good housekeepers. Debris (including mites) fall through the mesh bottom when As the […]
A Floating Entrance Puts An Entrance Anywhere You Want One Nothing about natural honeybee behavior says that the entrance has to be on the bottom. So to give you (and the bees) more options, the Beecentric hive uses an innovative floating entrance design. A separate component from the rest of the hive, a floating entrance can […]
The Warre Top Quilt Keeps Honeybees Warm and Dry A Warre top quilt is a shallow box that sits on top of the hive and is filled with a bedding material such as straw, sawdust, or wood chips. The quilt box has a 1/8th-inch wire mesh bottom that separates the hive from the bedding material […]
A Beautiful Warre Roof Protects From The Elements The Beecentic Hive is topped off with a beautiful Warre Roof built to shed the elements. This sloped roof design protects the hive from rain, wind, and snow while ensuring adequate insulation and ventilation. Designed to fit over the top quilt, you don’t need to worry about […]
Simplify Your Beekeeping Practice With 8 Frame Medium Boxes Unlike conventional Langstroth hives, the Beecentric Hive uses eight-frame medium boxes for both brood and honey. No need to worry about purchasing separate boxes or two sizes of frames. The only difference between a brood box and honey super is what’s in them. This is especially helpful for […]
Asemble a Beecentric Hive. Brief overview of how to asseble the Beecentric Hive components. Vented Roof, the Screened Quilt Box, Bottom Board, and Boxes.
Check Winter Food Stores How much honey they need to get through the winter will depend on your specific climate, so it’s worth talking with other local beekeepers. Here in Alberta, beekeepers like their bees to have between 80 and 90 pounds of honey and a few frames of pollen. Pollen is necessary for the […]
Why I Use 8 Frame Beehives Frame Geometry and Perpendicular Movement The geometry of a beehive is such that bees – especially an overwintering cluster – can easily move parallel to the frames (up/down, front/back) but have a difficult time moving perpendicular (side to side) between them. Imagine a bee walking along the face of […]
A Step-By-Step Guide To Beekeeping In Edmonton If you’re thinking about keeping honeybees in Edmonton you’ve probably come across the City of Edmonton’s Urban Beekeeping page. If so, you’ve read about four steps, city guidelines, swarm plans, PID numbers, and provincial agriculturalists. And if you’re like me, you’re probably a little confused, overwhelmed, and still unclear about […]
Beekeeping Tips I Wish I Knew When I Started Keeping Bees When it comes to keeping honeybees, there’s a lot of contradictory advice. There’s an old saying that if you ask 100 beekeepers a question, you’ll get 101 answers. A longtime beekeeper even told me that honeybees could not survive off of honey – so […]
Natural Beekeeping With A Warre Hive Allows Honeybees To Express Their Natural Behaviour Discovering the Warre Hive in an issue of Permaculture Magazine forever changed the way I keep bees. In contrast to the clumsy Langstroth, it was elegant, well thought out, and designed to work with honeybees. I was hooked.