Building A Bee Hive The Right Way For Your Honey Bees Is Really Quite Simple When You Have A Good Plan
Article by Steve Barker
Building a bee hive isn’t what you’d call rocket science, in the most simple form it’s a box that your bees live in.
Of course you do need to know something about keeping bees and the function of the bee hive prior to starting to make a hive.
Keeping bees has been a pastime and a business worldwide for a long time and in that time the primary activities of keeping bees have been refined.
This is particularly true of the beehive. There are lots of completely different designs of hive, but in all probability the most extensively used is the Langstroth Beehive.
The Langsthroth hive is a well-recognized box shape and is a comparatively easy construction that has been developed over quite a few years to make beekeeping and the extraction of the honey a lot simpler.
If you are new to beekeeping and you might be serious about constructing a beehive then get a woodworking plan for a Langstroth beehive.
Langstroth hives can have various numbers of frames on which the bees build their honeycombs, usually eight to ten, the spacing between the frames, the top, bottom and sides is critical for the highest efficiency of the beehive.
When Langstroth constructed his bee hives he did so in a way that the frames that the honey bees use to build their honeycombs were mechanically separated from all the other parts of the beehive. This includes the frames themselves, the beehive walls, the hive floor and the beehive cover. He decided that the best separation was 3/8 inch (9.5 mm).
Without the proper separation the bees will basically cement the entire thing together making it very difficult to remove the honeycombs.
Let’s face it when you have difficulty in extracting the honeycombs it is more probable you are going to make your bees angry so look for a woodworking plan that has the proper mechanical separation.
The important parts of Langstroth’s hive from the top down to the bottom are:-
* The Outer cover – this is often made from timber or polystyrene and goes on top of the hive. In the north, where the outer cover normally telescopes down around the inner cover and an inch or so (25mm) down over the top super(hive body), it is known as a telescoping cover. Commercial beekeepers often use what’s termed as a migratory cover, it is a solid cover that does not extend further than the sides of a hive body.
* An Inner Cover
* The Hive Body or Honey Super ( one or more) – these may be manufactured from timber, polystyrene, or some other plastic. If you’re building a beehive then wood is most likely the best material to use.
– The bee hive can have a queen excluder between the brood box and the honey supers.
– Usually there will be eight to ten frames per hive body or honey super and these can be made from timber or plastic.
– The foundation is made from wax and wires or plastic
* And lastly the bottom board which optionally can have an entrance reducer.
Building a bee hive is really not that hard if you have a good plan and now you understand what to look for.
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