Budding beekeepers need to take a few important steps before building a wide variety of possible hives. The first is simply building their first beehive box. Anyone who is looking to get into this art needs to follow these simple suggestions to succeed.
Beehives Are Very Complex
One thing that surprises many newbie (or is that new bee?) keepers is the complexity of the average beehive. They are one of the most complex and impressive natural architecture type in the world. Bees create very specific shapes for their hives and create cells that include places to store food, places where the young are raised, places where workers are raised, and chambers for the drones who mate the queen.
Bees Will Mostly Build The Hive On Their Own
While all of that structure is likely to sound overwhelming to the amateur who is starting their first bee hive, it isn't as bad as it sounds. Most high-quality artificial bee hives have been built almost entirely by the colony of bees. How is that possible?
Bees are very skilled builders and understand instinctively what kind of hive that they want to build. As a result, they work hard to craft a hive with all of the chambers mentioned above. Trying to build all of these chambers as an amateur will be hard and may even make the hive ineffective. Unlike ants, bees are more particular about artificial nests. As a result, it is necessary to only build a simple box to hold the bees and to place it in a way that attracts bees to settle in it.
How To Create A Simple Beehive Box
Building a beehive box is a pretty simple task. It requires building a two-by-three feet plywood box, framing it up carefully, adding walls, and adding a removable top on simple hinges. A few small holes should be added in the front of the box to give bees an exit. This easy box is something that just about any amateur can build on their own.
Once the box has been built, the potential beekeeper needs to put in a colony of bees, including a potential queen, and wait for them to start building the hive. In some instances, the bees may actually move to the hive by themselves. Typically, it should take much of a season for the bees to finish their hive.
At that point, however, the amateur bee keeper has created an awesome box that holds a colony ready to make honey and pollinate flowers.
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