Here it is, my hive!

Discussion in 'General Beekeeping' started by TheWoodsman, Apr 24, 2011.

  1. TheWoodsman

    TheWoodsman New Member

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    Not sure if it shuold go here but here is my 95% complete hive. I have sugar water out near it to attract and a birdbath, both filled with rocks so if bees come they dont drown. I say 95% becuase i am going to get a frame with comb on it and put it in there for the bees to hopfully move in. I didn't go fancy with it, i just used popcicle sticks to build cone off of. Any info you would like to share with me, please i'd like to here it.

    P.S. i built the hive myself so i know it's not perfect.
     

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  2. Omie

    Omie Active Member

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    That's cool. :)
    Is that a ventilation space inside the deep black upper part? You may want heavier weights on top in case of windstorms.

    I like the colors.

    You can spend just about $5 and go to a health food store and buy a small bottle of 'Lemongrass Oil" (not lemon oil), and put a few drops on a cotton ball in a little ziplock bag without zipping the bag shut, put it in the hive. It really works to attract bees and will help your chances.

    By the way, the word is 'comb', not 'cone'.

    Good work, and good luck!
     

  3. G3farms

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    Bees do not care too much for fancy carpenter skills, just needs to keep them out of the weather and safe from predators. Looks good I hope you get a big swarm to fill it with.
     
  4. TheWoodsman

    TheWoodsman New Member

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    Sorry bout that, i meant comb. Yes it is hollow for ventilation. Thanks
    I'll try and get more photos soon. So you think with the comb and lemon grass oil i can attract a swarm? What do you think my odds are?
     
  5. G3farms

    G3farms New Member

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    Catching swarms are just like fishing, there has to be fish in the pond first and then you just have to be lucky enough to get one on the hook. If there are other hives or bee trees near you then your chances are pretty good and if the beek lets them swarm, well the chances are getting even better. I have had scouts come on the porch checking out used gear many times but they never took up residence on the porch.
     
  6. kbenz

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    definitely want to put more weight on top...........
     
  7. TheWoodsman

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    Thanks, i've added more weight on top, even considaring nailing it down. I really dont have the means to grab a swarm even if someone were to have one, so i'll put an ad in craigslist to see if anyone wants to give away a swarm they have and bring it over. Another longshot of mine, but stranger things have happen!
     
  8. G3farms

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    All you need to grab a swarm is a cardboard box and some duct tape. I try to keep a cardboard box broken down in the truck just for such occasions.
     
  9. TheWoodsman

    TheWoodsman New Member

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    sounds good, thank you.
     
  10. G3farms

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  11. brooksbeefarm

    brooksbeefarm New Member

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    Nice super G3,how many rains will it take. :lol: Jack
     
  12. TheWoodsman

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    It just survived two rain/thunderstorms last night. Handled them well. The top is plastic so it is waterproof.
     
  13. brooksbeefarm

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    Thewoodsman, I was giving G3 a hard time. :mrgreen: he was talking about carpenter skills and posted a pitcher of his cardboard box super on his nuc. :lol: Jack
     
  14. Bens-Bees

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    In all seriousness, you can melt wax and let it seep into the cardboard to make it weatherproof.

    Thewoodsman, I'm a little confused as to what's going on with that hive... is it a full size top bar hive or a nuc sized hive? I'm just having trouble figuring out how big it is from the picture.
     
  15. Murrell

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    Looks good ;
    A suggestion if I may;
    The picture appears to have a top that is extended out further then the box size ?
    You may want to reduce this to about the hive box dimentions, this way the wind can not get under the top and blow it off as easily.

    I know to the back of the bus !!

    Murrell
     
  16. Eddy Honey

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    Since you live in the same town as one of the largest apiary's on the East Coast I think your chances will be pretty good lol.

    Good luck!
     
  17. G3farms

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    Jack you know us keeps are tight wads!! :mrgreen:
     
  18. TheWoodsman

    TheWoodsman New Member

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    @Duo....i live near what?
     
  19. Eddy Honey

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    Apiary = bee farm :wave:
     
  20. TheWoodsman

    TheWoodsman New Member

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    i know that, but which one?