Earlier in the year I had mentioned that I was using a new type of hive stand. I never want to recommend anything untested and this new stand is an example why. I still like the stands and with some tweaking they will be great, BUT I am having leaner(S)!!!
On the first year hives everything has been great. Most of these are at two deeps. A couple may have a single honey super on them. Where I am having problems is in my second year and older hives. Many of these are sporting 3-4 deeps along with anywhere from 2-5 supers. I am finding as these hives pick up weight the 4 x 4 legs of the stands are beginning to settle into the ground. It would be fine if they all settled evenly, but the problem is they DON’T DO THAT!
So now I am faced with the worst possible scenario. I have a tall hives that weights hundreds of pounds with a high center of gravity. I could stand losing all of the honey, but if one of these things goes over in an outyard and I don’t visit for a while, I could lose that line of bees.
I have a couple of ideas already for making these things more stable. One to increase the surface area in contact with the ground hopefully diminish uneven settling. Another method I am thinking of is connecting two to three of these stands together as a single unit giving more points of contact with the ground. Yet another option would be to place the hives on large paver similar to what Sam is doing over at SamsWildBees.
When I find a remedy I will pass it along. The pictured hive has been steadied for now, but I need to do some more work on it once all of the honey is removed.
What is your preferred hive stand? Do you have an idea that could help me with this problem? Please let me know in the comments section.