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Beekeeping Supplies and BeeMax Hives: Top 5 FAQ's Answered

March 19, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 194

As an avid beekeeper, and an experienced user of various beekeeping supplies, I'm frequently asked questions about the use and quality of BeeMax polysterene styrofoam hives. Here are the top seven questions (FAQ) that I have come across, and the answers that I usually share with my fellow beekeepers.

1) Do BeeMax hives really work as well for beekeeping as the manufacturers say they do?

The main feature of a styrofoam / polystyrene hive is that it allows your bees to raise brood or leave the hive to gather nectar, instead of expending their energy on heating and cooling the hive. In other words, the hive stays cooler in the summer and even more importantly, stays warmer in the wintertime. Many beekeepers - myself included - can attest that this type of beehive does work really well in this respect. If you live in a colder climate or one which sees lots of extremes in the temperature, then definitely consider trying a polysterene hive.

2) Are Beemax hives as durable as wooden hives?

Polysterene hives make excellent long-term stationary beehives. Plus, if you've got back problems and are tired of heavy lifting, then you definitely should try out this type of beehive since they are much lighter. However, if you're planning to move your hives a lot, then this is one area where I can say that the Beemax ones fall short compared with the traditional wooden bodies. Styrofoam is obviously weaker than wood, so if your practice involves moving the hives (for example, for doing crop pollination) then I would suggest staying with wood hives.

3) Will styrofoam hives produce the same results?

Every beekeeper I've come in contact with reports different results, but the general verdict seems to be that production seems to be about the same with both types. Some claim that you get better protection from mites from wooden hives, but others report no problems whatsoever with their styrofoam ones. Every beekeeper has a different position on it. My personal recommendation is to start with one beehive. If it does well, especially compared to your wooden hives, then you'll know if it's a good fit for your beekeeping situation.

4) Can I mix-and-match polysterene hives with wood beehives?

Yes, you can mix-and-match. Keep in mind though that wooden hives are heavier. You're probably better off keeping the wooden hive bodies on the bottom and keep the lighter polystyrene hive on top.

5) Will a Beemax hive keep my bees safe?

They certainly do for many beekeepers out there! I've not heard of a single incident of colony collapse or other major population problem which can be traced directly to the type of beehive. Like most things, it's usually case by case.

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