This year at Woodhaven Place we had a great spring with our bees. We found that we had a dilemma. We had 2 new hives worth of bees and no place to put them. Looking at the hives that were available in my area, and deciding I wanted to make some modifications, we decided to design and build our own.
This type of hive is called a Illinois hive. Traditionally a bee hive is made up of 2 deep hive bodies, the boxes that the frames sit in, but an Illinois hive is made up of 3 medium hive bodies. The volume is the same, but it is easier to manipulate and the boxes do not weigh as much when full.
In addition to being easier on the beekeeper standardizing the size of the hive body means that all the equipment is interchangeable. Nothing is more aggravating than only having deep frames and medium hive bodies.
In addition to housing bees at our location we also provide bee rescue services. This past spring we saved a colony of bees by removing them from the wall of a barn. We are also able to come and collect swarms that are in the area. All of our current hives have wild caught or rescued bees from the Dayton, Ohio area.