Shouldn't there be a layens hive category in hive types?

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Shouldn't there be a layens hive category in hive types?

Postby Boomer4570 » Tue Feb 21, 2017 12:47 pm

I just thought it might make sense to have that hive represented in the hive type forums.


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Re: Shouldn't there be a layens hive category in hive types?

Postby GregV » Tue Feb 21, 2017 3:49 pm

I asked the Administrator for a similar case.
I instead asked for a general "horizontal hives" or "heritage hives" category.
Otherwise we have lots and lots of hive categories to, potentially, create.
Take a look at the pics I pulled from one old book.
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Re: Shouldn't there be a layens hive category in hive types?

Postby Boomer4570 » Fri Feb 24, 2017 12:51 am

I'm not sure what pictures in a book of old hive types have to do with a hive type currently in use. The Layens hive is reported to be currently in heavy use in Eastern Europe. They are supposed to be well-suited for treatment free beekeeping and I'm looking at building one myself. Solomon did a whole podcast on them and I'm surprised they're not listed in hive types


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Re: Shouldn't there be a layens hive category in hive types?

Postby GregV » Fri Feb 24, 2017 2:05 am

Boomer4570 wrote:I'm not sure what pictures in a book of old hive types have to do with a hive type currently in use. The Layens hive is reported to be currently in heavy use in Eastern Europe. They are supposed to be well-suited for treatment free beekeeping and I'm looking at building one myself. Solomon did a whole podcast on them and I'm surprised they're not listed in hive types
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Well, many hive types are used in Eastern Europe as we speak. Most all of them a fine for TFB.

In fact, the pictures from the old book are very much relevant right now because the backyard beekeepers do them all - Dadant classic, Dadant extended, Ukranian horizontal, Warsaw horizonal, Great Polish vertical..... Slovenian bee houses; German bee houses...
You name it - they have it.

So my point is that there are many horizontal hives that deserve to be known and understood.
Layens is only one of them.

FYI - Layen's is not in heavy use in Eastern Europe.
The Layens is in heavy use in Western Europe - mainly France and Iberian peninsula (Spain/Portugal).

As for me, I I chose to build sort-of Layen's hive but around vertical Dadant frame (two Lang mediums stapled together - pretty much a Dadant frame).
In my opinion, it is not worthwhile to switch to Layens frame here in the US of A; just not very practical.
But to build hives around Dadant frame is much more practical - again, making Dadant frames from existing and plentiful Lang frames makes sense. Very recently, I cheaply bought a whole batch of Lang meduims to stuff them into the traps. They will directly be made in to Dadant subs and will be 100% compatible to my hive.

So partial compatibility with the existing industrial frame comes very handy.
Layens frame is not compatible at all - that is some unnecessary hassle right there..

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Re: Shouldn't there be a layens hive category in hive types?

Postby Michael Bush » Mon Feb 27, 2017 6:45 pm

How about a forum for "non-standard" hives? There are thousands of kinds of hives...
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Re: Shouldn't there be a layens hive category in hive types?

Postby Dustymunky » Tue Feb 28, 2017 6:01 am

I believe only Solomon can add categories. I suggest sending him a private message if u want something added


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Re: Shouldn't there be a layens hive category in hive types?

Postby Solomon » Mon Apr 10, 2017 7:13 am

Layens might be a good idea, since it's a hive I'm starting to promote. I'll see what I can do.
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