I have been struggling with the weather like everyone else I suspect. Unfortunately unlike some people I don’t have an area undercover for such tasks as making top bar hives.
I managed to get mine nearly completely built between downpours and shift work over the last few weeks. Below are a few pictures to show how its progressed. I even added a few little extras to make it more user friendly and enabled it to be divided into two distinct hives if I really had to. This is a 4 foot hive simply so I would have the space to keep two colonies or divide one colony should the need arise.
Thankfully I have had time (not much) to start TBH number 2 earlier today. It will also be a 4 foot hive and almost identical. As I have already completed one the second has taken a fraction of the time to make a lot of progress.
I will also be collecting my nucleus next Thursday (12 th July) from Oswestry so I am in for a long drive.
The view below is of the TBH with the lid removed. I am in the process of constructing a few feeders in a similar design style to the ones I saw Oliver using in his National hive a few weeks ago. You may notice the handle on the end. There is another one the opposite end and they are made out of garden hose pipe and a nylon cord type rope. The top two bolts actually protrude through the body enough to clamp the handle onto the ends of them through a hole cut in each end and the rope goes around the bolts inside the hose pipe. Simple really but its easier to explain when you can see it properly.
The final picture (if this web page will let me insert it) is of my nucleus hive made from the self watering plant pot with bars on the top held in place with two bungee cords. Works well and looks just like the one Phil Chandler shows in his book. I also have a piece of 8 mm exterior plywood with cut-outs in the edge for the bungee cords to run through to protect the top of the bars and hold them in place properly. Without the plywood sheet the bars slide around so it was a useful addition. It is not shown here as I took this photo before the sheet was cut but you can see what it looks like.
Now all that remains to be seen is if the computer and the webpage will do their stuff and post this first blog article.
One question first though. What would be the best stuff to paint the outside of this hive? I don’t want noxious paint or anything that will need weeks to dry and lose its odour but I don’t have enough bees wax (courtesy of Paul) to mix with the linseed oil to paint it completely as suggested by Phil Chandler. So any alternative ideas that would work and be ‘Bee Friendly’ would be very much welcomed.
By special request I have added three more photo’s to this posting to show the roof of the nucleus hive. Hope they prove interesting.