Part of our Poly National Range. Totally compatible with both our wooden National hives and Poly National hive components. Use your existing hive parts and take advantage of the polystyrene benefits:
It's made from a very high density material, 100g/litre - up to 3 times stronger than the type used for packaging.
It's lightweight and durable.
Its insulation properties also makes it ideal as less bees are required to maintain the heat required for effective brood rearing, helps improve overwintering and early Spring buildup.
A Complete National Hive - empty, consists of:
Open Mesh Floor with entrance reducer block. This meshed floor has so many benefits over a solid equivalent. The improved ventilation means less damp over the winter without sacrificing temperature loss so colonies are more likely to survive the colder months when they are less active. The floor includes a pull out varroa inspection board so you can easily inspect the board from the rear of the hive and count the varroa mites without even opening it up, allowing the bees to get on with their job. Each floor comes with an entrance reducer, a block that can be used to narrow the entrance down so that the colony can defend itself against larger rivals. The entrance block also has a mouseguard built in so you don't have to worry about mice making their home inside the hive during the winter when the bees are dormant.
2 x poly Supers
Poly clear flexible Crownboard
frame runners for the brood/supers
Compatible with our poly National hive parts or our wooden National hive parts. This means you could, for example, use your existing wooden supers on the top, or use poly supers on top of your existing wooden brood box. Compatible with the different types of queen excluders (wire with wooden frame, slotted steel, plastic) and with the different crownboards (wooden, polycarbonate, glass). Poly brood boxes and Supers can take frame runners or castellated spacers enabling you to customise your frame spacing, whether you use hoffman style frames, manley frames, standard frames with spacers, or castellated runners. The only limitation is you cannot use a wooden roof on top of a Polystyrene super or brood box.
All our Poly Hives are made in the UK
We are passionate about looking after the environment and looking after bees. For every complete hive that we sell, we will plant 2 trees and help with carbon reduction. Check out how we are doing here.