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My first hive!!

 
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jsallington
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Joined: 14 Jan 2014
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Location: Two Rivers, Wisconsin

PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 4:24 pm    Post subject: My first hive!! Reply with quote

Just finished it. Finding a good screen with 1/8" holes was very difficult. If anybody has a good source for screen let me know. Anyway this is my first hive. I'm starting on my second now. I also had enough scrap from this to make a 9 bar nuc to try to catch a swarm. All I need now is it to get above 0°F here in Wisconsin and get me some bees.

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mannanin
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Joined: 25 Feb 2009
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Location: Essex. UK.

PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 4:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice looking hive and I particularly like your roof. Not sure what sort of pests you get round your way but that plastic mesh may not be up to the job. l abandoned plastic mesh floors some time back. Just a suggestion, but you may want to consider a metal mesh or a solid floor as an alternative.
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jsallington
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Location: Two Rivers, Wisconsin

PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 6:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, that mesh on the ground is from something else. Actually I used an aluminum mesh from McMastercar.com but it cost me $30 plus shipping. I'm getting some other stainless steel mesh quoted from another place (McNichols.com) hopefully that will be cheaper.
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J Smith
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Joined: 13 Jan 2014
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Location: New Zealand, South Island, Southland, Riversdale.

PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 7:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice looking neatly built hive, congratulations.
Are you going to coat the exterior?
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jsallington
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Location: Two Rivers, Wisconsin

PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 8:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wasn't planning on coating it. It's cedar so its not going to rot. I was planning on rubbing the inside down with bees wax, and dripping some wax on the top bars. Any other recommendations on prepping it? I guess I should ask, do I just put bees in it? Do I need any starter frames or anything?
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WileyHunter
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Joined: 13 Jan 2014
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Location: Batesville, IN USA

PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 8:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think, to help preserve the beauty of the cedar (which I don't care for as it ages when exposed to the elements unprotected), and to help form a barrier from the elements (snow and rain mainly), I would coat it with the "hive paint" as referenced here: http://www.biobees.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=15084
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Wildflower_VA
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Joined: 29 Sep 2009
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Location: USA, VA, Shenandoah Valley

PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 11:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice! I'm looking forward to seeing the ground again and temperatures above single digits at night. It's been a rough winter and I'm in the South.
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