Winter is a very difficult time for honey bees. In fact, this particular winter has been brutal for honey bee colonies throughout the United States and Canada. Bees are particularly susceptible to snow but in particular to moisture. So I came up with this invention I call the Beehive Extension Tube. It basically extends the entrance even after a heavy snowstorm blocks the main exit. It is all PVC plastic therefore easy to make an install.
Step 1: What You Will Need
5. A treaded pvc plug from Home Store (see pic)
7. 3/4 Inch PVC Pipe
8. Paper & Pen
Step 2: PVC Pipe and Plug
These are the 2 main pieces, got them at Loews. See barcocode for Exact piece.
Step 3: PVC Male Threaded Plug
The plug is different on both ends. The open ends is where bees exit from and come back.
Step 4: Measure Landing Entrance to End of Ramp
With a ruler or measuring tape measure from entrance opening to end of ramp. Usually it is about 5 1/2 to 6 inches depending on base style. Ad abou a 14 to the measurement as you eventually want the pipe to squeeze into the opening to make a tight seal.
Step 5: Measure
Measure opening of hive of top bottom. Write it down.
Step 6: Measure and Cut Pipe
1. Measure 3/4 PVC Pipe circle opening use the measurement for hive opening. You will cut that far down. Then cut into it to remove that piece. Leaving an L type opening on end of pipe. Remember use the circumference of circle as it is facing you to measure.
2. Then use the length measurement from the entrance to the end or ramp/runway to cut pipe lengthwise. The Extension Tube will hang over that, once you add plug. Sand cut sides.
Step 7: Plug Entrance (Plug Has Opening)
Push plug into end of tube. This will require some elbow grease, maybe a rubber Mallet. Push as far as possible we don't want water gaps. The front is tapered in so it should stay dry.
Step 8: Hive Part
The pipe end closest to the hive should look like this. Notice the tight fit.
Step 9: Complete Beehive Etension Tubes
Here they are. Add as many as you think necessary. I would leave a good size opening in either case. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Feel free to share.