In turn, this documentary became the impetus to launch the first ever “Tour De Hive” neighborhood tour, a spinoff of the city’s popular Tour de Coop that provided public tours of urban chicken coops. Similiarly, the Tour de Hive offers for those who wish to participate in this free event, the opportunity to see working bee hives in a cluster of Portland neighborhoods, and to ask questions of their hosts to learn more about the bees, and urban beekeeping opportunities.
In this video, one such expert, Matthew Reed, who offers a range of beekeeping services, and products on his website Bee Thinking, shares his intimate knowledge of bee hives, and how he first became interested in honeybees. From his own backyard, he explains the different styles of hives that he uses (and has built himself), and some of the relative advantages, and disadvantages of each. Included in the video are examples of the following nontraditional style foundationless hives: Horizontal top bar, Warre and Langstroth hives.