Powell Hive Box 🐝

How you going Nick from Australian native be here, I just thought I would Show you my new native beehive design, so here it is. Lid honey super and two brood boxes with a bee space in between the sheets of ply Now you may notice that these walls are a bit shorter, then your standard native bee hive design. and there’s a reason for that When I first started, I made boxes like this They are 140mm and a 140mm high. Now they’re pretty good boxes. They work really well They looked a bit too much like a tower So later on I actually changed the top box to a 68 mm Which is what you get when you rip a 140 in half with a saw What a discovered was Is that these boxes worked really really well every time they were split And so it got me thinking why this was so I went back and I looked in some old hives And what are discovered is that the height of the brood Had a big factor. Now brood in a log measures between 150 and 170mm high And what I was getting with these boxes Was very very close to that measurement so what it meant was every time the hive was broken in half You didn’t have the brood sitting all in the bottom or all in the top It had very very big round brood disks That were packed into the box They didn’t go narrow. They were wide because they didn’t have enough room so they made the desks wider What that means is that every time you split you know that nailed the brood right in the middle. You know some people might be wondering Why why is the bottom box deeper on this how did it work with the bottom box being deeper here Well naturally in a hive. He’s a little Imaginary brood naturally in a hive Bees actually cradled the brood up if you start brood on the floor of a hive bees will actually Lift it up about 30mm and cradle it in the involucrum So long-term you’ll have this big sheet of wax right ring of the brood That’s how it works. They lift the brood up and that put the brood Right in the center To be broken every time so that’s what I’ve taken across onto this new design of box Sixty-eight mill high walls so that you get big beautiful disks and The compressing of the brood forces the bees up there we get honey super up I hope you like that little demonstration of how I came to this box design and Should have these up on the blog soon


  1. I live Se of Melbourne (Frankston),
    Any tips or books on how i can encourage native bees to nest in my indigenous native garden?
    For the Victorian bees please.

  2. Hello, im your subscriber from Indonesia. I have two stingless bee hive and interested to make a new hive like yours after watching this video. may I know the size of your box? Thanks

  3. Hi, at 2:30 why do you say that the bees cradle the brood cell up ? Or does the brood cells get squash down layer by layer after the eggs are hatched ? Thanks

  4. What's the reason for 40 mm thickness of the walls? Would thinner walls be okay if the weather was never below 12 degC, but up to 40 degC on a hot day?

  5. Thanks for the design. I have built boxes in 50mm Cypress using your basic design. I have made the lid hinged with an adjustable toggle latch holding down tight on weather strip material (double width at joins to be light proof). The perspex "viewing" lid on the honey super is inside the weather strip.

  6. Hello, im from the philippines, i want to know more about stingless beekeeping, i like your ideas on how you commercialized those stingless native bees, can you email me some of the ideas you have or a guide on how to start, what to do, dos and donts, hive making or anything, i want to have my own stingless bee farm someday hope you can help me. Thanks.

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