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Layens Hive

14 Frame - $339

The Layens Hive was developed by French Beekeeper George de Layens in the 1800s, and was designed to be economical for the beekeeper and provide the optimal honey stores for overwintering.

  • 14 Layens Frames is the equivalent to 18 Langstroth Deep Frames
  • Up to 45 Pounds of Surplus
    • The 14 frame Layens Hive can yield up to 45 pounds of honey depending on the region’s nectar production. Layens Hive are designed to grow horizontal, and if you need more space to accommodate a larger nectar flow, you can use a longer hive. A 19 Frame Layens Hive can yield up to 80 pounds of surplus honey.
  • No Heavy Lifting!
    • o Layens Hives are designed to grow horizontally. No heavy supers to lift when harvesting the honey. Each frame stores about 6 pounds of honey, and that’s all you will need to lift.
  • 1.5” Thick Walls for Better Insulation in Extreme Heat and Cold
    • Compared with the Langsroth Hive, which is generally ¾ inches thick, the Layens Hive has double the R value for insulation. The Intermountain West has extreme temperatures, and our homes require more insulation to stay comfortable. You will spend more money to heat/cool your home with a lower R value, and the same economics works for the honey bee. Why not provide them with the best available insulation for a strong and healthy colony?
  • Deep Narrow Frames for a good Spring Buildup and Large Honey Storage
    • Layens Frames are designed to mimic a tree hollow. Deep and Narrow. This mimics how they build comb in the wild. It provides ample honey stores above where the workers prepare the brood nest. Having ample honey stores triggers the Queens instinct to lay more eggs. She will only lay enough eggs that the colony can support, and when she sees a lot of honey near the brood nest, that tells her there is enough nectar flow to support a larger colony. This leads to a stronger spring buildup, and thus more foraging potential honey. More honey is good for both the beekeeper and the bees!
  • Over 1 Million Layens Hives in Use today in Spain and France!

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Why Choose Pastured Chicken Eggs?

Most of the eggs currently sold in supermarkets are nutritionally inferior to eggs produced by hens raised on pasture. The 2007 Mother Earth News egg testing project has found that when compared to official U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) nutrient data for commercial eggs, eggs from hens raised on pasture may contain:

  • 1⁄3 less cholesterol
  • 1⁄4 less saturated fat
  • 2⁄3 more vitamin A
  • 2 times more omega-3 fatty acids
  • 3 times more vitamin E
  • 7 times more beta carotene
  • 4 to 6 times as much vitamin D

Source: http://www.motherearthnews.com/eggs.aspx

Cage Free vs Free Range vs Pastured Eggs

Cage Free - cage free chickens generally don’t ever see light of day and are cramped into small quarters with thousands of birds.

Free Range - the definition of a free-range chicken is that the henhouse only needs to have access to the outside. Many free-range henhouses have a small door to an outside paved area that is the size of a small dog run, and devoid of plant material and bug life for them to forage on.

Pastured Chickens - pastured chickens are raised on open pasture and allowed to forage on their natural diet. They are exposed to sunlight, plants, and bugs; which helps them produce highly nutritious eggs. They are getting Vitamin A, E, beta carotene and omega-3 fatty acids from the plant material and Vitamin D from the sunlight.