Bee hive history and beeswax
Bee Hive History
Bee hives have been around for centuries in different shapes, designs and sizes. It wasn't until the Langstroth design that the bee hive actually became standardised. There are still many different types of bee hive in use across the world.
The mainstream beehive designs used in South Africa are the Langstroth beehive & Jackson Beehive. The Langstroth Bee hive hasn't been changed much since its first inception in the 1800s. Small changes have been made do incorporate aluminium covers, the type of weather protection used on the wood and the use of a queen excluder to prevent egg laying in the super chamber.
The Jackson bee hive is a plastic food grade hive structure with cleverly designed frames that last much longer than those find in the current design of Langstroth frames. The Jackson bee hive is much more suited to the tropical, humid conditions found in Southern Africa where it was developed by the Jackson family. They've been involved in beekeeping and organics for over 30 years. The Jackson bee hive is based on the Top Bar hive design with very unique improvements.
The bee hive made beekeeping manageable as before the advent of the bee hive, bee colonies would be raided for their golden liquid and usually the colony would be destroyed in the process. This created the need for a manageable method to keep bees, transport them and harvest honey from them without causing damage or destruction to the bee colony.
Not much has changed with regards to the Langstroth design in the last century other than the introduction of innovations such as plastic frames, plastic queen excluders and the like. These are merely modifications of the base design. The Jackson bee hive brings new concepts and a change in approach as to the management and internal workings of the bee colony.
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