Our bees have been ordered so it’s time to get on the beehive build!
This is one of our goals to being a bit more self sufficient- bees will provide us with wax for candles and bodycare products, a little honey for our teas- and pollination for our gardens. Needless to say, we’re over the moon with excitement!
First we started out with 2 inch thick pine boards. We went this route, as we figured the thicker the body, the better chance the bees have to survive our winters here in North Idaho. While milder than Minnesota- they certainly can get long, especially if you’re living up in the mountains. We painted the body with a latex based primer and latex exterior paint. We chose a drab green instead of bright white because we want the hive to be camouflaged as hive theft has become a bigger concern as of late.
We’ll be putting hardware cloth along the bottom, and build a track to allow a bottom board to be placed down there as well for the fall and winter months.
The top will be built as soon as we have the topbars themselves placed into the hive for correct measures. We plan on doing a peaked roof for water shed as we can get a lot of rain where we’re currently at. We’ll put some tin on the top to keep it nice and dry.
The bees were ordered for April pickup- so we have plenty of time yet to get ready- we’re just a bit excited.
We’re looking forward to putting this hive to use this year- and will write up regular progress updates it’s first year. We do not expect to take any honey the first year as they’ll need it for overwintering, but we’ll have plenty to document!