A Complete Preservation Hive
The Preservation Hive is designed to support preservation beekeeping. Preservation beekeepers preserve and support the natural behavior of honey bees through practices that allow the bees to live as they’re designed to live - like they do live in the wild. As preservation beekeepers, we ask ourselves, “What do bees want?” and we endeavor to give them that. The bees know best what’s best for the bees and we let the bees teach us. We encourage and celebrate swarming, natural comb building, smaller hive cavities, and minimal or no intrusion, with the goal of seeing these locally adapted colonies thrive and propagate themselves.The design of the Preservation Hive is based on the work of beekeepers around the world - from conventional beekeepers to log hive beekeepers - who are beginning to keep bees in more narrow vertical cavities.
The Preservation Hive provides the bees with approximately 40 liters of total hive cavity volume (as per Dr. Thomas Seeley's research showing that this is the hive cavity volume preferred by honey bee colonies), and is comprised of two 5-frame, deep hive bodies. It is the closest thing to a vertical, hollow-log hive cavity while still providing beekeepers with the ability to keep bees on removable frames if they live in states where it's required by law to do so.
With each hive body holding 5 deep frames, it is ideal for receiving a nucleus colony. My recommendation is that you move the five frames from the nuc box into the top box of the Preservation Hive, and put 5 deep foundationless frames in the bottom box.
The Preservation Hive has an entrance area of two square inches below the brood nest. Both of these characteristics are also in response to Dr. Seeley's research. (You can read about my day with Dr. Seeley HERE.)
The Preservation Hive also makes an ideal bait hive. I put frames of drawn-but-empty comb in the top box, and foundationless frames in the bottom box.
The Preservation Hive includes an Eco-Floor (without legs), and an Insulated, Ventilated Hive Cover.
In addition, with the Preservation Hive, every component is made of more-than-double-thick western red cedar. So even the Eco-Floor and the Hive Cover provide much better insulation with their thicker walls all the way around. (Learn more about why Bee Tree Hives are made of western red cedar HERE.)
Since the Preservation Hive is a narrower, more vertical structure (like a hollow tree), thus having a higher center of gravity, you will want to strap this hive to a wider, more stable base. But, I recommend strapping all hives all the time anyway. You can read more about that HERE.
Shipping is not included in the product prices. Being a one-man operation, I do not have the scales, software, and supplies to pack and ship myself. So, I use a pack-and-ship store as my shipping department. I will deliver your hive components to them, provide them with your phone number or email address, and they will work directly with you on the packing, insurance, handling, speed-of-delivery, and carrier options that best meet your needs.
Bee Tree Hives are a solid, well-built product of substance. As such, shipping is not negligible. But, the folks at the pack-and-ship store will work with you to get you the best possible shipping price given your needs and location.