Top Bar Hive Design

Top Bar Hive Design

Interested in designing a top bar hive from scratch? My Build a Top Bar Hive page describes the process. But Mogans Jensen has illustrated and detailed the process in his more than 80 page Beekeeping with Apis cerana indica. It’s with a slightly different bee than our Apis mellifera. But the principles are the same. And it’s a very interesting read for anyone interesting in […]

Build A Bee Hive Bed

Build A Bee Hive Bed

Just what is a bee bed anyway? And why would anyone want one? Well, a picture is worth a thousands words. But here some of what comes to mind: it’s a great way to get some hive buzz and air for your health. a hide out to escape in to. in the right spot, a private place to sunbath. and a great storage place for […]

Horizontal Hives Revisited

Horizontal Hives Revisited

While perusing Bee Feed, I found a link to Treatment-Free Beekeeping Podcast – Episode 36 – Horizontal Hives with Dr. Leo Sharashkin. It’s a great podcast discussing horizontal hives, beeyard resilience, and sustainability. The Hives Many of Leo Sharshkin’s horizontal hive observations are similar to my own. I’ve run a few horizontal Combo Long Hives, along side my top bar hives, in Wyoming’s northern, high […]

Modified European Long Hive

Modified European Long Hive

My long hives tend to be minimal and simple. But that’s not the only way to make them. They can be beautiful, even complex. And yet, still functional. Check out this modern adaption of a traditional European long hive. It accommodates standard Langstroth deep frames. And has a neat hinged, ventilated cover. I suspect this hive is as much fun to build as it is […]

Reclaim Plastic Queen Cups

Reclaim Plastic Queen Cups

The Idea Want to reclaim and reuse those plastic queen cups? It’s easy. Just use melted beeswax as a cleaning solvent. The Details You’ll need: clean, pesticide free beeswax a pot to melt the beeswax in a strainer that fits freely inside the pot a clean working surface The beeswax must be as uncontaminated as possible. And that includes any beekeeping miticides, like fulvalinate, and especially […]

House Apiary

House Apiary

Interested in house apiaries? Sometimes an image is worth a 1000 words. So, what are a 1000 images worth? Plenty if you are interesting in building a house apiary.   Check out this Google image search. -dM

Beautiful Box Hive

Beautiful Box Hive

Larry Garrett’s new box hive is a beauty. It’s loosely based on the Warre hive with some interesting modern twists. It: is square uses small cell size plastic foundation has wood frames uses thick walls has an insulated, ventilated cover includes a protected, baffled entrance This is my kind of Warre. It is beautiful inside and out. Larry has lots of photos, specifications and climate […]

Foundationless Frames Concepts

Foundationless Frames Concepts

rwjedi shares his thoughts on foundationless frames. How to make a foundationless frame out of a wedge top frame and the principles of using foundationless frames in your hive for success. P.S. If you are starting to go foundationless after having used foundation, be aware that your bees are almost certain to draw the first and maybe the 2nd frame you put in as Drone […]

Foundationless Frames

Foundationless Frames

A neat video by Daryl Francis. I use my classic frame assembly jig to assemble 11 foundationless frames in my 10-frame jig. Also demonstrated is my router jig for reducing the standard end bars from 1 3/8″ down to 1 1/4″ which is the optimum end bar width for foundationless beekeeping. Thanks Daryl. -dM

Those Natural Bees have gone Eccentric

Those Natural Bees have gone Eccentric

Larry Garrett’s NaturalBees site has moved to EccentricBeekeeper.com. In addition to Larry’s Thur Hive and Warre, check out his Medium Frame Horizontal Hive that incorporates a built in top entrance. Neat! Larry says: I recently added a special webpage on optional foundationless frames for the Warré hive including a “double deep” foundationless frame which provides extended uninterrupted natural brood combs and a shallow super with […]

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