How To Make A Native Bee Nesting Box

If this site was helpful, please support it. Make a donation today so we can continue to bring you information and more. What do you do about impurities” in the honey like brood(it happens if you don’t use a queen excluderand there is evidence that they harm the workers so I don’t use one), pollen, hive beetle waste(ewwwwww), unripened nectar, etc. Be making some, my hive boxes have a rebate so as the frame sits on the ledge there is still a bee space under it, you can purchase these runners from bee suppliers in the uk so I will be adding these, but this is the best design I have seen, can’t wait to get started. Select a wooded area that is fairly easy to get access to to place your swarm box.

I wanted a box that was nice and warm in the winter, resisted the heat in summer, waterproof, did not rot, was repeatable and I could see the bees in if I needed to look. Fourth you still have to inspect the hive every so often, checking the brood chamber for proper brood laying patterns, check for diseases, checking the honey frames to make sure they’re capped over enough that the honey is ripe” or ready for harvest… the flow hive will not prevent this at all, no matter how much they say it will.

The deep super and shallow super are put together with what I call a tab joint (really a modified box joint). Design by the French priest Abbé Émile Warré (1867-1951), Abbé Émile Warré also wrote a book: L’Apiculture por Tous This bee hive is increasingly being used today, perhaps partially due to the book having bee translated into English by Dr David Heaf. In particular when stacking boxes on top of each other, maintaining the bee space between the top of frames in the lower box and the bottom of frames in the top box is critical. Furthermore, I found it quite interesting that their video shows honey flowing so clearly and smoothly.

One of the main reasons for not getting queens to use a nest box is because the bedding material is not of sufficient quality and quantity. The fact that harvesting was done from the middle of the log meant that brood comb was destroyed every time honey was harvested. Alternatively, one can collect honey early in the day to force the bees to exit their Bee Box sooner.

Alternatively, honey can be drained from the comb by dripping it into a container, but this takes time and produces less end product than if a centrifuge was used. I quite thought their hive was too small to allow for brood and honey storage to feed the bees in the winter, with just that lower brood box and one honey super. Another, which eliminates the need for a pole, is to staple cable ties to the back of the bee house and secure the house directly to a tree. And for those that want to not get stung,” or think they just buy a hive and don’t need to get intimately involved with bees… good luck with that. It is best to place the bee house outdoors in spring, after the ground has thawed.


Note: if making several bee houses, it is best to make a jig that can be attached to the front face to guide the drill, as shown below. I live in South Africa where we have two honey bee species, Apis Mellifera Scutelata and Apis Mellifera Capense, which have a slightly different cell size requiring different foundation wax. Bee Hive Construction – FREE plans to download – save yourself money by building your own.

All in All I am concerned about the bee’s future and I never would have wanted to help out and add another bee farm to a growing list of bee farms until I saw this. Only the SUPER is different, the BROOD BOX is a standard old fashioned Langstroth box with all the needs of normal beekeeoing. Remember the Flowhive is ONLY the SUPER of a hive and the BROOD BOX beneath is ALL standard LANGSTROTH. So when you smoke them, have a hive box sitting there ready to go. This means you must have brood trays in brood box and ideally some full or partly full trays of honey in the top.

With regards to accuracy, quality and consistency of locally available beekeeping timber products, like frames and hive boxes, there is a great potential for improvement. You are better off to just use standard size Langstroth boxes and build the modified bottom board and ventilation box as offered by beeworks. I noticed in recent years very few honey bees visit my large garden but the solitary bumble does and seems to do all the pollinating on my runner beans, broad beans and various fruit flowers. Once you have your equipment ready to go, you’ll need to decide when and where to go bee hunting.

As far as capping goes, from what I read about their system they build their honey stores out of wax into the slots and are able to cap it off just fine. Construction plans in physical print form, as well as all of the required hardware to assemble your hive. This benefits bees, too – checking honey combs requires exposing only parts of the hive at a time, leading to happier bees. The last thing you want is to have a gust of wind blow the roof off of your honey bees’ house. Yes, Cedar, the developer of FLOWHIVE says it will disturb the bee less and it will bypass alot of extraction machinery.

If you haven’t signed up for our email list yet, please join it below so we can notify you when free plans for the above modifications and other horizontal hive models become available. Upon her return, the bee will zoom around you several times, then fly rapidly in a zigzag fashion all around, over, under, and in and out of the box, before going back inside to feed.

It’s a good idea to know where people are keeping hives so you don’t spend hours bee hunting, only to find yourself in someone’s back yard at their bee hive. There are closed frames to enable making the space for the developing bee colony smaller and then larger. On the other hand, swarm catching involves putting out bait boxes for bee swarms to move into and then waiting to see if the bees come. I was starting to think I was the only one who got the point Maryam was making so thankyou Josh!!

At the end of this page we include plans for constructing a box with a window according to the modification of Warré’s hive introduced by Frèrès & Guillaume We include this variant of the box because many beekeepers, especially beginners, find it helpful for monitoring the progress of colony development. The effect of nano insecticides on a bee cause confusion and the bee is unable to find her way back home.