Layens Hive

(1 customer review)


We are very happy to announce that our layens hives are now ready to order. The hives are built to order, so please allow 4 to 6 weeks for delivery. Please note, our hives are manufactured to the original 14 frame classic horizontal hive design as detailed on the Horizontal Hive website. At top bar beehives we believe in keeping things as per the design, with a few subtle tweaks that enhance the looks and useability of the hive. Layens hives are intended to be “treatment free” with minimal interventions, so we do not offer mesh floors or other adaptations that digress from the original design.

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Layens is the original horizontal hive with extra-deep frames. Invented in the 19th century by the famous French beekeeper Georges de Layens.

The walls of the hive are a minimum of 30mm/1¼ inch thick dependent on the manufacturing process. Each hive will consist of 14 foundationless frames, either wired or  comb guide, selectable at checkout. The roof  is covered in aluminium sheet, not flashing as used by some manufacturers providing extra durability in harsh conditions. Stainless steel screws and quality exterior wood glue are used in the construction process, nails are never used.

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Additional information

Frame Type

Wired, Comb Guide

Roof Type

Flat, Gabled

1 review for Layens Hive

  1. Caroline Crolla (verified owner)

    Andrew and his wife kindly delivered my newly built Layens hive. It is beautiful: high quality Canadian cedar wood, thick insulating wood body and lovely gabled roof. I was also very pleased with the well-made follower board and the raw linseed oiled finish. A delightful and unexpected surprise was that Andrew provided me with a sturdy stand for the Layens. I am looking forward to hiving a next available swarm in this hive. I think they will flourish naturally in this deep space.

    • AndrewVidler

      Thank you, my pleasure.

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