by Texas Homesteader ~
Our apiary started out with two established single-deep beehives. They overwintered just fine and the next spring we split them into four hives.
But several swarms were caught & added to our fledgling apiary. They were coming in faster than we can build stands to hold them.
Our first beehive stand was built using repurposed 2″x6″ boards that were 6-ft long from raised beds that we tore out. It did a fine job of holding our two little hive boxes.
But after catching those swarms we needed another hive stand. So we built another like the first, this time from purchased 2″x6″ boards.
Then we caught not one, not two, but FOUR Bee Swarms this spring! (I KNOW, how exciting!!)
We no longer had time to keep building wooden beehive stands. We needed a hive stand that we could put together much more quickly.
So RancherMan decided to change direction. Instead of building wooden stands he wanted to assemble the next stands using concrete cinder blocks and 4″x4″ 5-ft long wood posts.
Beehive Stand Comes Together Quickly
Really, it couldn’t have been easier. He only needed two cinder blocks laid longways & 2 more stacked on top for each of the four corners of the stand.
So for each 5-ft long beehive stand he’ll need two 5-ft long 4″x4″ wooden posts and 8 cinder blocks that measure 8″x8″x16″.
We made quick trip to the hardware store for some inexpensive materials. Then we built two 5-ft long hive stands in minutes!
Truly, you don’t get any easier than this, y’all. If you’re looking to build beehive stands for your apiary, check this out…
After the concrete blocks were in place he slid the 4×4 poles through the holes in the cinder blocks.
BOOM! Table for 25,000, no waiting!
He could probably fit three hives on each stand, but he wants to limit it to only two hives per stand. He finds it’s easier to work around them when the hives are not too close together.
In the first picture above you can see that his hive stand is holding a regular single-deep hive and a nuc box with a recent swarm capture.
Those little nuc boxes sure are handy. Thankfully he can Build 4 Nuc Boxes from a single piece of plywood.
So we had nuc boxes built, ready and waiting for the swarms as we captured them. Nothing like being prepared, eh?
When we move this swarm from the nuc box to a deep box hive, the spacing between hives will be about right for his comfort.
A Comfortable Height
These stands are also just a touch shorter than the other hive stands he built. But he found that he actually prefers them a little shorter than his original wooden hand-built hive stands.
Although he’s a handsome 6′-4″ tall RancherMan, when the hives get two deeps and a honey super (or two) stacked, that’s about shoulder high for him.
This slightly shorter stand actually makes it easier for him to lift those heavy top boxes off when he’s inspecting or when we harvest the honey!
In the picture below you can see the slight difference in height between our concrete block hive stands (at the bottom right side of the photo) and the ones we built initially (at the top left-hand side of the photo.)
Benefits Of Adaptable Hive Stands
He loves that he can put these stands together in 5 minutes or less. Apparently this year with so many swarms available, time is of the essence!
We already have one hive stand filled & another built and standing ready.
Another helpful thing about these quick hive stands is that they can be disassembled and moved out of the way when they’re not needed.
Hive Numbers Can Vary
The numbers of our hives have ebbed and flowed over the years. Sometimes we catch swarms and suddenly have many more hives all at one time.
Another time a rogue spring storm blew the strapped-down hives and stands down. The lids were flung to adjoining pastures and rain poured into the hives all night until the damage was discovered the next morning.
Many of our hives didn’t survive that and we were suddenly down several hives.
So as you can see, your number of hives might change throughout the year. Having hive stands that you can move out of your way or erect easily is of a great benefit to any beekeeper.
Beekeeping: You Can Never Know It All!
It’s sure been a learning curve alright. We’ve learned that each beekeeper’s situation might be different. What works for one may or may not work for another. And there’s always something new to learn!
But this beekeeping thing has really been something we’ve enjoyed. We’re able to care for these precious pollinators and in return they offer pollination for our Homestead garden and honey and beeswax for us.
Be sure to check out the beekeeping series below. There are links to all our beekeeping articles, including splits, honey harvest, varroa mite treatment, requeening and MORE!
- Preparing For the Hives
- Obtaining Your Bees
- Inspecting Your Hives
- Feeding Bees With A Frame-Feeder
- Expanding The Langstroth Hive
- Performing A Walk-Away Split
- Performing A Frame-Swap Split
- 5-Minute Beehive Stand
- Adding A Honey Super To Your Hive
- Catching A Bee Swarm (With Video)
- Requeening A Beehive – Things We Didn’t Know
- Make FOUR 5-Frame Nuc Boxes From 1 Sheet of Plywood!
- Varroa Mite Treatment For Your Apiary
- Preparing Your Hive For Honey Harvest
- Proper Honey Bottling Tips
- Purifying Your Beeswax
- MYO Beeswax Lip Balm
- Homemade Beeswax Jar Candles
- Beeswax Wraps – A Natural Solution To Plastic Wrap
…And MUCH More!
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