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Filling in the cracks and beginning with a newly made hive

 
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ssam0
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 2016 6:47 pm    Post subject: Filling in the cracks and beginning with a newly made hive Reply with quote

Hey guys..

Im new here and beginning to get into apiculture whilst reading all your interesting posts. One thing I couldnt find however was what to do if you hive has gaps/holes from the knots in the wood.

I know the bee's will help fill it in with propolis, but being I've just made the hive (warre) from recycled wood (pine pallets), would it be better to fill in some of the odd gaps with beeswax or would this promote beewax production when I introduce a swarm?

I've just brought some lemongrass oil and hope a swarm comes my way (if I dont find one from a local bee keeper) so wanted to make sure the hive was as homely as possible. Also on a side note, should I paint the hives with a protective non-lead light coloured wood primer?

Cheers all
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2016 8:18 pm    Post subject: Re: Filling in the cracks and beginning with a newly made hi Reply with quote

I would fix the gaps with wood.
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trekmate
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 2016 8:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, fill all gaps. Either plug with wood or put patches over. Any gap is an invitation to potential pests and robbers.

You could protect the hive as you suggest. I prefer raw linseed oil gently heated in a baine-marie to melt a little bees wax into it and painted on the outside only while hot. I have hives that have been outside for seven years and are still in good condition with a re-coating every two to three years (can be done with the bees inside).

Another alternative is make a big enough roof to offer some weather protection to the hive body.
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