Honey Bee Slot

The main part of the beehive could be the brood box, where the queen bee lays her eggs. The brood box is the biggest single part of the hive and contains ten brood frames. Each frame is generally strengthened with thin hardened steel wire, about four strands pulled over the frame and stretched tight. This strengthening of the frame is essential since the honeycombs with the honey are heavy. To encourage the bees to construct honeycombs so your beekeeper can work more comfortably with the brood frames a bee's wax sheet is put hanging down, wedged at the top of the frame and supported by the thin hardened steel wire. The worker bees make honeycombs hanging down from the very best of every brood frame. The queen bee will lay her eggs in the cells of the honeycombs the worker bees built. The eggs can become larvae and will undoubtedly be fed by the worker bees. This brood box is dedicated to the queen bee on her to lay eggs and to help keep the bee colony alive. The brood box is never robbed. Honey Bee Slot

Other less noticed elements of the brood box are the entrance slots where the worker bees will enter the beehive and leave to go and collect pollen and nectar. My preference is to make these entrance slots in leading part of the brood box in the bottom, one on the left and one on the right. I make my entrance slots about sixty millimeters lengthwise and the height about ten millimeters. This entrance will easily permit the queen bee in the future and go once the swarm splits. The entrances may also be to small for rodents. The reason for 2 entrances being opposite each other is to permit the bees to fan a circular wind movement keeping the beehive cool in summer. My winters are cold but we do not need snow and so the bees simply wax up another entrance, this restricts the circular movement of air keeping the hive warmer in winter. The front of the hive also must have a thin landing strip about fifty millimeters wide. This strip will undoubtedly be employed for the honey bees to accomplish their dance, through that the bees communicate the precise distance and location of any new nectar and pollen findings.  Honey Bees Slot

On top of the brood box we shall stack the supers which are much smaller boxes. A beehive can have several supers stacked one on top of the other. The queen bee needs to be prevented from entering the supers, otherwise she will lay her eggs there, and the goal of the supers will undoubtedly be defeated because they are employed for storing honey. This is completed by using a queen bee separator grid with spaced openings just big enough to permit the worker bees through and is put on top of the brood box, the very first super is put on top of the queen bee separator grid. You simply need one separator grid and any additional super is put on top of the first super. On top of the last super there should be a ply wood cover by having an oval hole in the middle for ventilation and steering clear of the bees building honeycombs on the lid of the hive. The lid covers the whole hive over lapping the hive on all sides to safeguard the hive from rain and snow. The lid would need to be overlaid with a smooth aluminium cover. In the snow fall areas the lid will need ventilation holes on opposite sides to avoid the condensation due to the heat made by the honey bees clustering to help keep warm.

The whole beehive is interconnected and each part features a specific purpose, no parts ought to be left out from the hive. Every part in the hive features a function and is employed to greatly help the bees make honey for the beekeeper. The above hive is built in such away that the bees won't just have not a problem in doing what come naturally for them, making honey, but will make the management of the hive so easier for the beekeeper.

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