Parts of a Langstroth Bee Hive.

Hi, I’m not a farm girl. I’m a brand new bee keeper and today I’m going to show you our hives and talk a little bit about the parts of the hive. The bee hive is the home for the bees. We are going to work our way top to bottom on this hive. This is a Langstroth hive, it was patented in the 1850’s it is the typical hive that you will see in the Americas. However there are lots of other kinds of hives available, and in fact when i was in Nicaragua I saw these really cool hives just made in a hollow log on a coffee plantation. I’ll try and find.. I took some video of that. We will try and slip that in here so you can see it. So let’s go back to our hive. This is the telescoping cover, because it slips down over the outside of the hive. This is the inner lid of the bee hive. The bees use propolis to seal all the cracks and holes throughout the bee hive. If this lid were on without the inner lid. If the telescoping cover was on and they sealed this, It would be really hard to get your hive tool in there to get it off, because it would be sealed up here along this top edge underneath. Instead, the bees will seal just this inner lid so that you can inspect. It also has a peep hole here so you can take a look at your bees. If necessary you can also put different kinds of feed for the bees up here. The next part of the hive is the boxes. Now you might notice there is a slight difference between this box and this hive. And that has to do with the number of frames which will fit inside. This is an 8 frame hive. The one below it is a 10 frame hive. You’ll also see this box is shallower than this one. This is called a deep box. This is a medium. The only difference between the boxes once the hive is assembled other than size is what is going on inside of them. Typically your bottom box on your hive is going to be your brood box. Brood is another name for babies basically. So your bored box is going to be where your Queen is laying her eggs. And then on top of that, once that box is full, of everything that is going on in there. Then you will add what they call a honey super so that the bees can store their honey. Now inside of each box You are going to have frames. When you get your frames, they are going to come empty. You can order them probably pre assembled, but usually they will come empty like this. This is called a frame. And obviously, why? it’s just exactly what it sounds like. Then you order your foundation. The foundation is this part, which looks a little bit like honey comb. Ours is made of wax, they are also available in plastic, and it’s just what it sounds like. It’s the foundation upon which the bees will build out their comb. We are going to make another video showing how we install the foundation in the frames. Alright, and the last thing that I have to show you right now is the screened base. There is a pest that can harm your bee hive called varroa mites and the screened base is not for ventilation as I thought it was, but its actually so that the mites will fall out. Sometimes, especially when you get a new package of bees, they are going to need to be fed. They are going to be a small colony and they won’t be able to go out and forage right away, they have to spend their time growing the colony and getting their home ready, drawing out all that comb on top of those foundations. So we also got a feeder. You make a mixture, a sugar and water mixture. Kind of a syrupy mixture. Screw it in here. Turn it over, and then it will fit onto the front of the bee hive like so. And the bees are able to go inside here eat the sugar mixture without overexposing themselves to danger outside the hive. Thanks for watching everyone have a good day. Lorella: What do you call it when you put the foundation in the frames? Chris: Install.
Lorella: Install? Thank you. (Lorella Laughing) Sorry! You fell and I’m not laughing cause you fell, I’m laughing because I did this. (still laughing) Chris: ‘is he going down?’
Lorella: Yeah, exactly. Alright


  1. YAY!! fantastic video!!! I am so glad you did this one on the hive!! you answered so many questions for me!!! thank you thank you thank you, especially the part about how to feed the bees because I had no clue about that part at all!! thank you!!! We are looking into a flow hive system.. Again thank you!!

  2. Idk why she doesnt have 12 million yet….its akward….but anyway she helped my family so much….with the bee thing i also figurged out my step dad knows alot about bees I shoulve came to him first XD

  3. Great video! We'd love to have bees but not sure if we will since hubby is allergic to their sting. I've always been curious to see how a bee hive is put together and works.

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