Powell Hive Box
When I first started stingless bee keeping I wanted to stick to one box and or hive design that I liked. Over time I learned that lots of different designs had come about by people’s own preference to what they thought was important.
The Powell hive has been born from what I have observed in bees in hives over time.
Here is a video of my new hive design.
Features of the Powell hive
One of the main features to the Powell hive distinct from other hives is the reduced wall height. This for me has been a huge help in getting the brood to separate equally every time. No longer having too much in the top or too much in the base.
The next thing is the double ply separators in the hive. Several well known bee keepers have used these for quite some time and it’s fair to say that once I gave this a go I will never go back. The frames come apart and honey/pollen damage is reduced significantly. Having a 4.5-5mm gap between these is no harder to construct and sees the prevention of mould and moisture built between sheets. The bees cover these ply sheets in a healthy layer of resin.
I always push the importance of a large 12mm vent hole. It provides a good amount of airflow and humidity regulation for the bees and opportunity for the use of tubing to be attached for eductions.
Maintaining 200/280mm dimensions on the floor plan means that people using an established hive can place a top half on this hive or a base.
40mm cedar is used for the hive’s construction. This provides superior insulation for both heat and more importantly the winter. It is also naturally rot and termite resistant and withstands exposure to weather.
I have provided the measurements and plans below in the link below so you can make your own:
Alternatively, you will be able to purchase these from this website very soon – stay posted for updates!