I wanted to share an idea with all of you that Greg, a reader and friend of this blog, shared with me. Greg, a longtime beekeeper, has written me in the past with book recommendations. He actually was the person who recommended one of my now-favorite beekeeping books, Mastering the Art of Beekeeping by Ormond Aebi. Greg had the fortune of meeting Aebi and had told me what a wonderful and generous man and beekeeper Aebi was.
Recently, Greg sent me a photo showing an innovation he created and incorporated into his apiary. Take a look below.
You can see that Greg’s hive covers are modified in winter to include a sheet metal covering cut to overlap the hive’s periphery and weighted to stay put during stormy and windy weather. When I looked out the window at my own hives during a recent heavy rain, I noticed that the back of the hives were getting the brunt of the downpour and looked soaked through. Although we have follower boards on the sides of our hives which act as barriers to any water seepage, I did worry about all the water hitting the rear of the hive. Greg’s sheet metal roof would go a long way toward helping protect the top boxes of the hives from the worst of the wet. I was very intrigued by this simple and inexpensive modification and thought all of you might enjoy it as well.
What innovations have you used with your hives? Please share them with me and the readers. Thanks.