Build or Buy Empty Boxes?

Should you start building your own boxes or just buy them? Many new hive owners contemplate that question and probably never work out what to do or waste money heading in the wrong direction. Buy boxes? If you’ve just got your first full native bee colony and aren’t really sure…

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Painting Gaps

Gaps between frames can be a real problem with bee hives as they allow pests easier access. Once your frames are together the bees will seal the inside join with their wax/resin mix. The bigger the gap the more work for the bees, the longer it takes them to secure…

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Varnish & Oil Coatings

Just out of interest I’m testing some of the finishes I have collected for various projects over the years, including some light duty oil mixtures, linseed Oil, Tung Oil to marine grade varnishes and coats. Of course we already know that if you want a long lasting protective finish you…

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Landing Pad

Landing pads aren’t really necessary as bees can access and enter the hive without the need for it, though it doesn’t hurt to have one as it can catch the bees if they crash land and fall, and they can be a little… out of control sometimes…

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Brood Supports

Under continuous development – newer posts at the top, oldest at the bottom of the article Update 2019 – I’m trying this design now, it’s 4mm hardwood ply. These seem to be less complicated to make for me with less depth of routing needed. There’s ones mounted in both the…

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