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Picture of An emergency Bee Hive
My name is Devrim, I am Turkish, and I live and work around a farm. I have recently started "collecting" bees that have swarmed on our land, and I've been so successful, I've had to develop a way to make a bee hive "fit for a queen" in a little time.

At the moment I have 12 hives, and lot of honey !

It might not be the best way to make a hive, but its very simple to make and you can build one in only a couple of hours.

Devrim
 
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Step 1: Tools and supplies

Picture of Tools and supplies
Only very basic wood working tools are needed. A jigsaw, a drill are useful, some drill bits, a chisel - no major wood shop !

Step 2: Beginning

As you can see from the intro picture, the hive is very simple. It consists of a simple wooden box, made of clean pine wood. Inside that we hang the comb frames., and on top of the roof I will form a simple piece of tinplate, or better, galvanised sheet into a durable roof.

Because it houses bees we will use NO preservatives of any kind on the wood, so the metal roof is a vital anti-rot feature. You can use any metal - I had some galvanised sheet, you could use aluminium flashing or possibly even copper.


Step 3: The roof !

Picture of The roof !
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The roof has two stops on it to locate it on the hive, and then covered with metal. Here you can see me clamping the metal to the wood, and beating the edges up. I secure the metal with a couple of nails. The roof extends ~50mm over each edge of the hive, as you can see in the pictures, so that rain drips clear of the walls.
diy_bloke6 months ago

looks great

burdockwing3 years ago
what is that yellow sheet in the comb frame and where do I get it
Devrimm (author)  burdockwing3 years ago
Hi Burdockwing;

Sorry for late answer. I can't sit quiet in theese days because of my works.

The yellow material is fabricated especcially for combs. But, it is not that important. Bees can make their own houses. Only give them their house and combs. They do the work best. And, if you are going to make bees only for eat the honey, don't use them. So is much better.

Best wishes.

Devrim
Devrimm (author) 4 years ago
Hi Mr. Lemonie; Thanks for your comment and visit. If you are thinking to let your bee family for some years in a hive like mine, you are right. But, I planned and made this hive for to take a very small new bee family to safe. Let's look for some years: Bees doesn't make swarms in every season of the year. For example here, you can see this action at tha second half of april. If you broke mother boxes(?) in the hive, they couldn't make new swarms. To make a second floor isn't difficult too. Many Greetings.
Devrimm (author)  Devrimm3 years ago

You know, my English is so...
Yes Jayefuu. Queen Cells. I'll take much of photos for you in april.
I am not a good bee keeper. Some hives dead:-(((
Don't worry about the dead hives. In USA there is like a 40-60 % death rate among professional beekeepers right now so your in good company.
Jayefuu Devrimm3 years ago
"If you broke mother boxes(?) " - Do you mean queen cells? They're fascinating, if you see one be sure to grab a photo :D

I really miss having a bee hive to look after. I used to help an elderly friend with his. Definitely on my list of things to build.
seolfor4 years ago
This is a very nice instructable. I have a question. How large are the holes for the bees?
It's a good Idea to make them adjustable so that if your hive is week at some point and there is a stronger hive somewhere near, your hive will have an easier time defending against intrudes.
MacHaddock3 years ago
I like it!
shrees3 years ago
very nice instructable i like very much..keep it up.
thank you..
Devrimm (author)  shrees3 years ago


Hi Shrees;

Thank you for nice comment. This gives me power.

The hive is not that good but, it makes the work very well. Now, here in Turkeyş, we are living the winter and bee families become smaller in the winter time. This small boxes are also good for winter time. The family can keep warm them easily.

Thanks again!!

Devrim
mgabe13 years ago
Where do you get the honeycomb foundation????
lemonie4 years ago

This is very good, but is it big enough? Your swarm may leave when it is larger, so do you plan to add more boxes?

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Devrimm (author) 4 years ago
Hi Seolfor: Thanks for comment. I open holes for bees with my chisel. I think, it is not very important how large. They have to be large enough for a bee. But, most of other visitors like little mouses mustn't have way in.