Pollination Box by Sugarbag Bees

I recently acquired a new Pollination Box sold by Sugarbag Bees. This box is designed with the purpose for crop pollination on farms. It’s a PVC construction and has no honey super top frame.   There’s always discussion about design and it’s something I take great interest in. I tend to take more …

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Skep – Sisal Rope

The Dictionary describes a Skep as “A straw or wicker beehive”. Quote from Wikipedia “Skeps, baskets placed open-end-down, have been used to house bees for some 2000 years. Initially they were made from wicker plastered with mud and dung but from the Middle Ages they were made of straw. In northern and …

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Log Cabin – Hive Duplication

I decided to set up one of my Log Cabins for Budding (Hive Duplication). This process could be done with just about any kind of empty box. I thought it might be better to do it this way than to split a hive because then you will have to split it …

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Syrphid Fly – Wasp Mimic

I noticed this hive had liquid dripping from the entrance hole. Not a good sign! Hives generally have a fair bit brown propolis around the entrance but is usually pretty dry. When you see liquid it’s a sign that the hive has an issue.  This particular hive grew weaker over …

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Splits 08/10/2017

Above photo: Top half of the Red Mail Box hive, and bottom of the Treasure Chest hive. These have been in place since early 2017. I’ve now split them and added the matching halves of the boxes so now I have one complete Red Mail Box and one complete Treasure …

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Oiled Cypress Observation Hive

I’m currently making a few rebated boxes, these will be a raw timber finish with oil. There’ll be a hinged lid and clear viewing window on top so you can open it and see the bees inside. Specs: Timber: Cypress Timber Thickness: 35mm Design: Rebated Cypress OATH – Observation Hive Internal Volume:  Brood …

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