Alternative Hives


Zip Krummel

Zip Krummel

Pat Case

Pat Case

The Langstroth hive has long been considered the norm when it comes to commercial beekeeping, and for good reasons. Most backyard beekeepers also use the Langstroth hive. However, the Langstroth is not the only type of hive available to today’s modern backyard beekeeper.
Numerous variations and alternatives are now becoming more readily available. As with all things, there are pros and cons to each.
This presentation will focus on two of the alternative hive types that backyard beekeepers might choose to experiment with, including the top bar hive and the long Langstroth. In addition, a brief overview of the larger world of alternative hive types will be included, covering topics such as:

  • Why the Langstroth hive is the chosen hive for commercial beekeepers
  • Alternative hive types in various places around the world
  • Recent innovations in hive types including: flow hives, vertical hives, hives designed for people in wheelchairs, thermal hives and more.