We use these hive stands on all of our colonies. They improve ventilation and protect against moisture problems by insulating the hive from direct contact with the ground. They are also a big help in deterring skunks from raiding your hives. The angled ""front porch"" gives your bees a handy landing platform as they Go to the hive. Quality constructed in long-lasting cypress wood. Note that your order comes with nails and instructions for easy assembly.