Making some wood stands and then taking em out to the Apiaries
Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Most of my hives are run 'warm way' - the principle reason being that the first comb in from the entrance then acts as a baffle against draughts - in a full-sized hive it's never used as a brood comb anyway, but as a temporary 'stash' comb for the foragers.AdamD wrote: ↑10 Jul 2020, 09:45The suggestion for having the frames the warm way is that you can access the hive from the back. However that means you can ONLY gain access from the back or you are otherwise standing in the flight path of the returning bees. By standing at the side and having the frames the 'cold way' you don't have to lean over the whole hive and can move around the other side if your back aches.
Yes that was a most interesting period in beekeeping. Which saw numerous hive designs, change over to movable frames. The first imports of "foreign" bees etc etc.
G'day Mick - the reason I have robbing here is quite simple - it's because I'm heavily over-stocked in an agri-industrial area which would normally only support half-a-dozen hives at most within a static apiary. Luckily pollen isn't an issue, only nectar.