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Will Rompala
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Hive Stand picture and 1 day till bee-day.

Here is a quick photo from the workshop of the hive stand I mentioned on the podcast. It’s not too pretty, but it will serve it’s purpose. (click on the photo for full view)

I cobbled it together from some scrap 2x4s, primed and painted it.  This photo was from between the priming and the painting. 🙂

It’s about 18 inches high and should work well. The hive stand that came with the hive fits seamlessly on it. You can see the little brace I put on the back to help align the base on the stand.

In other news – received the shipping confirmation that the bees are on their way! Looking forward to package installation.

Regards,
Will

4 comments to Hive Stand picture and 1 day till bee-day.

  • Nice site – shame you went the old ‘Langstroth + package’ route, though, when ‘natural beekeeping’ is starting to take hold in a serious way. Maybe you could consider running a top bar hive as well as the conventional technology?

    • Its true, I did consider the top bar hive route when researching approaches to starting up, and I’ve not abandoned the idea. I wanted to begin with the Langstroth hive – though I am fully committed to running this box as natural as possible – as chemical free – as I can. It would be very interesting to try a top bar next year and be able to compare/contrast activity, comb growth etc.

  • There are a few people doing similar things with Langstroths, TBHs and other hives here – http://www.naturalbeekeeping.org Do drop by and say hello!

  • Hi Will.

    Have some fun this year by taking a few frames, wire them as you normally would for support, but only add only a starter strip as you would in a top bar bar. Be sure the hive is perfectly level, and let them build “natural” comb. This will give you a taste of the bees building natural comb. I use this during swarm time as it gives them a large ares to cluster in and build wax, put them to work!!
    If your have plenty of bees, place the new frame(s) in between existing brood frames so you’ll have a better chance of them building worker comb rather than drone comb, and you’ll also get straighter, more uniform comb.
    If you want drone comb, place it on the outside of the cluster, say frame 2 or 3. If you practice drone removal for varroa, you can cut half of the comb out that has capped drones every couple weeks. I’d skip the wire for this practice to make the cutting easier, but watch when you’re inspecting the frames NOT to flip them and have it all brake off.

    Bees are fun !!!

    Kenny

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