BEEKEEPING IN THE NORTHEAST - An account of my beekeeping, not a treatise of expertise, but for friends & family who wish to keep bees vicariously through me, and for the occasional apiarist passer-by.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Beehive Porch

We finished building our hay bail walls so each hive has a horseshoe wall with the front facing the winter sun. I saw a pretty watercolor of a three hives with little porches and realized I never made a small landing board for the upper entrance as so often recommended to help them back in after winter cleansing flights. My husband got to work and this is what we came up with considering that if we did just nail a little board under the upper entrance the snow would build up. They are stapled by each corner of the top flashing to the shallow used to feed the bees and hold the insulation over winter. The flashing covers the hand-hold. Care needs to be taken that rain-water does not catch in the exposed handle and drip down behind the porch. He thought of everything but little rocking chairs....enjoy: