Building Beehives for Dummies

Building Beehives for Dummies

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The easy way to build your own beehives and beekeeping equipment

Building Beehives For Dummies is the follow-up book to the bestselling Beekeeping For Dummies . It provides everything you need to learn how to build some of the world's most popular hives and beekeeping accessories. For each design the book includes a detailed materials list (what lumber, hardware and fasteners you'll need), step-by-step building instructions, and illustrative drawings that show how the components all fit together. There are over a dozen plans in all, including the traditional Langstroth hive, the eight frame garden hive, designs for elevated hive stands, the Warre hive, screened bottom board, the Kenya top-bar hive, four-frame observation hive, hive top feeders, and more. The book contains introductory chapters that teach you the basic carpentry skills necessary to build any of the plans in the book.

Whether you are a new beekeeper or a seasoned ol'timer, Building Beehives for Dummies provides you with the information you need to plan and succeed at building beehives (and other cool accessories). You'll discover what type of hive to build, hints on how to maintain your equipment, what bees need to stay happy and healthy, where to locate your hive, and much more.

Covers "bee space," the critical technical measurement within a beehive that's crucial for easy inspection of your colonies Offers guidance on keeping both urban and suburban neighbors happy, getting proper permissions, and understanding regional laws and regulations Provides creative ideas for dressing up hives for fun and profit

In today's world of self-sufficiency, back-to-basics and sustainability, building beehives is a fun hobby that both you and your bees will appreciate and benefit from.

Publisher: Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley & Sons, [2013]
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9781118312940
Branch Call Number: 638.14 BLA
Characteristics: xvi, 268 pages :,illustrations --.


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Aug 16, 2015

This is a U.S. book. Readers in the Ottawa area should be aware that it is very difficult to find anyone to sell you "packaged bees with queen". Basically a swarm in a package. So the only reasonable choice to build here is the Langstroth hive for which you can buy "nucs" which includes the bees, queen and one comb frame filled with honey for about $240 or more.

I built the top bar hive because I wasn't interested in honey, just helping out the bees and watching them - interesting creatures! Also, packaged bees are only about $40, but then I found out this is only in the US; having bees as a hobby has caught on in the US. But packaged bees are not available in Ontario, it is a business here. Now I have a cedar top bar hive but nowhere to get bees. Sigh.

I found the instructions and dimensions in this book well done. I used cedar but couldn't find the wide boards he specified; the width is however available if you use pine. For cedar, I used tongue and groove to get the width he specified.

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