Instructables
Introdution:
My daughter had to give a presenation at school about an animal. Her grandfather is a beekeeper, so the choice was obvious: she talked about bees. She got a lot of stuff from her granddad, including a small colony of bees in a so-called mating nucleus bee hive. She wanted to keep the bees, so I agreed to make a hive for the bee family. The Obamas and the Britain's Queen keep bees, so why don't we?

We got the bees in a small mating box where a young queen was housed together with a small part of a colony. The purpose of this work was to make an enclosure for the little box, well-isolated so that we could let the bees get in and out. This is not a description for a full-sized beehive. After spending some weeks in our beehive, the colony will be tranferred to a bigger hive.

The first thing I came across while I was looking for something to make the beehive, was an old computer, so I used the cover as a starting point. Other restrictions I imposed myself were: The footprint should be very small. As it is a temporary home, I didn't want to ruin the lawn and didn't want to add new obstacles when mowing. It should be very well isolated because bees like a constant temperature in their living room. The work should not take too much time so that there would be time left to write an instructable. Finally, all materials should be free. I am lucky to have a pile of wood left over from our house construction.

Some precautions:
- Bee (!) careful! Working with bees can be dangerous. Do not try to become a beekeeper when you are allergic to bee stings.
- Do not swat at the bees. They may get angry and sting you. They are social beings, so you may be attacked by the whole family. If they attack, cover your face and try to get in an closed place.
- Obtain the bees from a trusted source. There are many varieties and they are bred and selected for their properties.
- Check with legal prescriptions and restrictions in your country. Keeping bees is often restricted to open spaces, certain distances from houses, registration etc.
- Get more information about the life of bees, their behavior and legal issues. As a strarting point see here for example: http://www.ent.uga.edu/bees/Get_Started/How_to_Get_Started.htm

Note:
I am not a professional beekeeper, I barely can distinguish a drone from a queen. This project was only done to make an enclosure for the box that my daughter got. If you plan to become a real beekeeper, the best thing for starting is to go to an experience beekeeper and ask for advice. Very likely you will get this for free.
 
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Aremon5 months ago

Pudliszki! :P

Rubber Duck5 years ago
I shall show my brother this, he has bees. He has old computer junk. This is his perfect project.
sleepydog5 years ago
Please remind people that this is a VERY temporary hive. The bees can not grow, lay eggs, thrive or make honey in this hive. A proper bee keeping hive must have removable frames, otherwise the hive will be destroyed when opened for inspection or honey gathering.
If someone wanted to build an inexpensive beehive, the easiest to make would be a Kenyan Top Bar Hive:
http://www.bushfarms.com/beestopbarhives.htm
alois (author)  sleepydog5 years ago
You are right, and I think I emphasized this in the text: this is a mating box. There will be eggs and newborns (hopefully), buth then the colony has to be moved to a multiframe beehive in order to be able to expand and survive.
A good name5 years ago
Is that cap on the outside just meant for embellishment? And do you collect the honey?
alois (author)  A good name5 years ago
As mentioned in the text, the cap helps the bees to find their way back. Most of the beekeepers paint their hives. See for example here http://www.sachtleben.com/include/news.php?show=86,2
or here http://www.cthreepo.com/bees/2009/03/best-color-to-paint-beehive.html .

This hive will not produce enough honey to collect. The colony has to be moved in a larger hive when there will be newly born bees.
alois (author)  A good name5 years ago
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How do you prevent bees from swarming exactly? I'm not exactly sure that I'll undergo this project, but I always wondered how you'd do that... (I'm actually more considering mason bees for my garden)
alois (author)  A good name5 years ago
See intro - third picture. The entrance is covered by a disk having 2 holes: a larger and a smaller. Once the queen has returned from mating, the disk is rotated to the smaller position preventing the queen to go out again.
theRIAA5 years ago
Just don't bump the pole... they don't like that (from experience)
neither do strippers. Just sayin.
LOL thats so true o bad memories......
ROFLCOPTER ROFLCOPTER
thepelton5 years ago
My brother was keeping bees until he was diagnosed with adult onset diabetes. 8>(
whopoder5 years ago
Good idea to re-use material ; ) And don't worry about "no brain" people. Stupid ppl born and die stupid...
luvit5 years ago
tennis racquets are nice for killing bees and fire flies. try fireflies at night.. cool.
Tinker83 luvit5 years ago
thats just daft. why would you kill a bee unless it stung you?
luvit Tinker835 years ago
you don't kill bees for entertainment. that's what fire flies are for.
red-king luvit5 years ago
hehehehehe...
SinAmos5 years ago
I want my own bee colony that I can send after luvit with furious anger. ;)
jzer75 years ago
Some news reports say bee populations have been declining, so this gadget might be pretty handy.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6299480