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 […]

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 […]

Michael Bush

Michael Bush

The Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild has recorded Michael Bush’s presentation. If you’re interested in natural beekeeping, it’s well worth the time to watch this 4 part series. While thinking of Michael, don’t forget his BushFarms website. It’s a natural beekeeping resource well worth bookmarking. And Michael has published “The Practical Beekeeper” and has reprinted “Huber’s New Observations Upon Bees”. Check them out. -dM

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

Building Beehives for Dummies

Building Beehives for Dummies

Do you like building bee equipment? If so, then “Building Beehives for Dummies“, by Howland Blackiston is a must have book. It’s got: plans materials lists detailed instructions for just about every conceivable piece of bee equipment This book can guide a wood wacker like myself, to safely build functional, durable bee equipment. If you like woodworking and beekeeping this is a great book. -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 […]

Larry Garrett’s Natural Bees Site

Larry Garrett’s Natural Bees Site

Larry Garrett has a unique top bar hive that handles supers. Larry once coined it the Franken hive. But it’s now called the Thur hive. The details can be seen on his Natural Bees site. And he works with Warre’ hives as well. Check out that neat Warre bottom board/stand. The Toolbox Larry dropped me a note and sent a photo of his inspection toolbox. […]

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