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Hives are so! 8 functional ideas to help beekeepers

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It is very important for the beekeeper not only to get honey, but also to provide the bees with comfortable conditions. The desire to have your own apiary requires not only specific knowledge, but also financial investments. At the same time, it is not at all necessary to acquire many expensive hives. The apiary can be expanded with the help of homemade beehives; in some cases, existing structures can also be improved.

Magic cocoon

Warming of the hive is especially important in cold weather. Sending bees to wintering will not be superfluous device cocoon. Even a beginning beekeeper will cope with such a task. It is possible to use for a winding not only insulating material, but also old blankets.

Hive in miniature

For a young and small bee family, it is not at all necessary to acquire a huge hive with a large number of frames. You can make it twice as small, reducing the width of the structure and reducing the number of frames by half.

System unit in the case!

Let it not surprise you. An excellent replacement for the hive at first may be the case of the old system unit. For a small swarm, it will be enough.

Top bar hive

A similar design beekeepers called top bar. Even the hanging frame here is made on the principle of the stand. Part of the wooden elements, if desired, can be replaced with plastic.

Reduce and do it yourself

Nobody will prevent to make a hive independently, slightly reducing the size. The functionality will not change, and the material will go less. For beekeepers who are familiar with the basics of joinery, the ability to make beehives of any size on their own will significantly reduce costs.

Mega-hive for several families

In this hive comfortably accommodate more than one bee swarm. The design allows even for receiving honey in large volumes to arrange an apiary, taking up minimal space. If desired, these mega hives can be made a few.

Banks instead of frames - an original solution with a guaranteed result.

This design is simple and convenient. Instead of a lid on top of the hive placed the banks installed in the cradle. The bees that are inside the hive easily fall into the banks through specially left slots and form cells directly inside them. A jar filled with honey is easy to replace with the next one. Even open the hive for this is not necessary.

More about creating such a hive in the video:

Another way to make your own hive is to use a regular log. You can even use an old tree in the garden for a project. Details about the implementation of the idea in the video:

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