Utah Beekeepers' Association

As Currently Organized since 1892; Serving and Representing Utah's Beekeepers Since the Early 1860's.

Equipment Selection Tips

Honey bees really don't care what kind of cavity they move into as long as it's not too big, too small, too cold, too drafty, or too wet. So, pick a design that easy to use and which complies with the law and best beekeeping practices (eg, movable combs for ease of inspection and harvest).

It's important to understand that no hive design, regardless of the promises made by its advocates, will ever compensate for poor beekeeping practices. So, pick a design that makes best beekeeping practices easy.

You will find many hive designs, some modern, some classic, some ancient. The most popular hive design in the US is the Langstroth hive developed in 1852 by Rev. Lorenzo Langstroth. This hive is designed to accommodate honey bee behaviors while facilitating management. It has several size variations to me the needs of brawny beekeepers and those who can't lift heavy boxes, commercial beekeepers and hobbyists, novices and the experienced. It is a proven system and is the most recommend hive design for beginners.

Advocates of some non-Langstroth hive designs (and of treatment-free beekeeping) like to claim better survival of their bees. However, an examination of their claims typically reveals creative math. For example, they might say that they start the year in July with 10 healthy colonies and a year later they have 10 healthy colonies. What they don't readily reveal is that they typically lose half of their colonies during those 12 months. In the Spring, they split the surviving colonies, catch swarms, and buy new bees to make up for the losses -- then brag about their success! Further If you want to really measure a beekeeper's success, ask him/her how many colonies made it from July to the following March and much honey they produced per hive -- without feeding syrup. The typical answer is "I'm not in it for the honey".

Other, less popular, hive designs include Top-Bar, Layens, horizontal hives, Dadant, National, and Warr√©. None will ever compensate for poor beekeeping practices.

Hive Size Matters MAAREC Beekeeping Equipment List
Mann Lake's Beekeeping Equipment Checklist The "Flow Hive"?

Equipment Sources Outside of Utah

Alternative Hive Designs Amazon Beekeeping Books
Amazon Beekeeping Equipment Bailey Bee Supply
BeeBuilt Bee Commerce Beekeeping Supplies
Bee Equipment Plans Beehive Construction
Beehive Construction Bee Hive Construction
Bee Hive Journal Bee Hive Plans
Bee Hive Plans Bee Hive Types
Beekeeping Books Beekeeping Books at Amazon
Beekeeping Supplies at Amazon Beeline Woodenware
Bee Maid (Canada) Bee Proof Suits (Use code UTAH20 for a 20% discount)
BeeSpace Bee Vac (BushKill)
Bee Vac (Colorado) Bee Vac Plans
Beez Neez Apiary Supply BeeWorks (Ontario, Canada)
Betterbee Beekeeping Supplies Blue Sky Bee Supply
Build-It-Yourself Hive Plans BushKill Bee Vac
Candibox Bee Feeder System Capital Bee Supply
Carrier's Beekeeping Supplies Cedar Glen Bee Supplies
Colorado Bee Vac CombCapper
Comb Starter Strips Country Rubes
 Dadant Beekeeping Supplies
Deficiencies in Design of the Queen Excluder Draper Super Bee Supply
Equipment Plans Essential Equipment
Evans Cedar Beehives (NJ) Feeder Comparison
Foundation Form Board Foundation Mold
Foundation Mold (DIY) Frames and Foundation
Frame Wiring and Embedding Frame Wiring and Embedding
GloryBee Beekeeping GloryBee Beekeeping (Wholesale)
Graze (Germany) H&L Bee Farm
Heated Hives over Winter Hive Cleaning and Sterilization
Hive Hand-Hold Jig Hive Hand-Hold Jig
Hive Hand-Hold Jig
Hive Hand-Hold Jig Hive Hand-Hold Jig
Hive Plans (North Carolina State University) Hives and Hive Construction Plans
Hive and Garden Hive Stool
Honey Bee Habitat Honey House Supply (Canada)
Honey Punch How to Build a Langstroth Frame
How to Make Langstroth Bee Frames From Scratch How to Use a Radial Honey Extractor
Humble Abodes Index of Hive Types
Lagrant's Honeybees and Supplies Langstroth Deep Hive Body
Langstroth Frames Langstroth Frames (Simplified)
Langstroth Hive Bottom Board Langstroth Hive Dimensions
Langstroth Hive Dimensions Langstroth Hive Plan
Langstroth Hive Plans (BeeSource) Langstroth Screened Varroa Hive Bottom
Langstroth Screened Varroa Hive Bottom Langstroth Slatted Hive Bottom
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Langstroth Telescoping Cover Lega (Italy)
Lewis & Sons (Canada) Lone Star Candle Supply
Long Lane Honey Bee Farms Los Angeles Honey Company
Making Wax Foundation Mann Lake Beekeeping Supplies
Maxant Honey Extractors Mediums Instead of Deeps
Mid-Atlantic Apiculture: Hive Equipment MidNight Bee Supply
Nat Hive North American Bee Hive Company
Objections To The Double Deep Observation Bee Hives
Observation Hive - 3-Frame Plan Observation Hive - 8-Frame Plan
Observation Hives PerfectBee
Pigeon Mountain Trading Bee Supplies Plans for Beekeeping Equipment
Propolis Etc. Queen Excluder Types
Queen Excluder Types and Use Queen Right Colonies
Reasons Why the Queen Excluder Limits Honey Production Rose Hives
Rossman Apiaries (Georgia) Second Landing Board
Shastina Bee Girls Simpson's Bee Supply
Skep Hives Smoker Maintenance
SOS Sport Solar Oven Sources of Bee Supplies
Sticker You Honey Labels Storing Beekeeping Equipment
Swarm Frame Swienty
The Best Bee Hive? Thornes (UK)
Top Bar Hives Ulster Observation Hive
Walter T Kelley Bee Supplies WBC 10 Frame Plan
Weller Bee Supply Western Bee Supplies
Wheelbarrow Project ZipLock Baggie Feeder
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