Answers to frequently asked questions
Does the hive come with the bees?
Beeing does not directly supply the bees, but don’t worry, when you buy our hive we help you find a beekeeper near you who can provide you with a swarm and assist you in the installation.
How long do the hive materials last?
The hive is made out of wood painted over with beekeeping paints. It depends on the weather conditions, but if exposed to inclement weather, it’s best to repaint it every 2 years.
Won’t the light harm the bees?
With our hive, the glass door is normally covered with a cork/wooden cover. We worked with a lot of researchers, who have concluded that bees aren’t actually afraid of bright habitats, but they just associate dark places with safety. And since there aren’t “glass walls” in nature, they stick with darkness when in the wild.
How do you know if you’re taking the right amount of honey?
We suggest to leave some honey for the bees to eat as well, so we measured and constructed our hive in a way that the bees have enough food. So when you take the honey from the honeycomb area, you won’t be taking too much.
Do I need experience if I want to start?
No, but we suggest reading a lot about beekeeping before starting. We provide beekeeping courses and recommend a lot of books on beekeeping as well. If you have further problems, the local beekeeper who provided you the bees can also be your personal coach on the matter.
How is the hive equipped for cold/hot climates?
For cold climates, there’s a cork insulation system in the hive that helps keep the temperature steady inside, but you can also insulate it further. As for hot climates, there’s a ventilation system at the bottom just like in a regular hive.
Do you need a big property to be able to have the b-box or b-hive?
To keep the hive you need just 1 square meter. The bees fly around for 2/3 km to find flowers. But it’s better if you have a garden because you can plant flowers that are good for the bees.
How do you do swarm inspections?
Just like in a traditional beehive you can open up the hive and look inside. Also at the bottom, where the ventilation system is, you can put a board.
What can you do when the bees swarm?
You can add extra space by adding a super between the hive and the honey harvesting system.
What are your frame sizes?
For those who are in Europe, the frames we produce are dadant frames. But for the US market we make langstroth frames.
How much does a swarm cost?
Usually prices are around 80 euros, but prices may vary slightly depending on the season and the geographical location from where you order it.
Is the “chimney” mandatory?
The use of the chimney is not mandatory, it’s usually installed for safety reasons but you can also not buy it.
Can I install the hive wherever I want?
There are regulations that define distances and heights that need to be respected (the chimney complies with the regulations). So any place that respects the current legislation is fine. A garden with the correct distances from neighbors, a terrace on the roof, or a field in the outskirts are ideal places for installation. PS: check that your municipality has not added any more constraints, other than the national legislation.
But will bees survive in the city?
The massive use of pesticides in the countryside means that in some cases the city is a more favorable environment and has milder temperatures in winter. Furthermore, very often in the city there’s a greater diversity of flowers than in intensive farming and this allows them to find food throughout the year.
Am I immediately independent when I get the hive?
Bees, like all animals, need to be taken care of. So when you buy one of our hives we also provide online video courses. The b-hive and b-box hive have been designed to help you get closer to urban beekeeping, allowing you to watch the swarm without coming into contact. In case you want an expert opinion we will help you find a professional beekeeper who will give you live training.