Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Beekeeping Guides

Purchasing beekeeping equipment can be expensive, particularly for the hobbyists who is just starting out. If you have the skills and the necessary tools at hand, then read through our DIY beekeeping guides to learn how to build your own equipment.

How to Build a Warré Beehive – DIY Beekeeping

How to Build a Warré Beehive

Various types of beehives are used in beekeeping. Perhaps the most common types are the Langstroth beehive, the top bar beehive and the Warré beehive. Warré hives are well liked for their focus on the well-being of honeybees. They are not common in use, but they have many advantages over other types of beehives. Warré beehives were invented by Abbe Emile Warré by mimicry of the hollows found in trees that bees naturally use as their hives. The use of Warré beehives is usually foundationless. They are great for beekeepers that want to house their bees and rear them in a close-to-natural way. This guide takes a look at how to build a Warré beehive, as well as its uses, management among other thing.

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How to Build a Quilt Box for a Langstroth Beehive

How to Build a Quilt Box for a Beehive

Moisture control in beehives is important for all beekeepers, and this can be achieved using various equipment such as moisture boards or quilt boxes. Quilt boxes are a standard feature of Warre beehives that some Langstroth beekeepers sometimes use. Not many beekeeping equipment manufacturers have quilt boxes for Langstroth beehives, however, both beginner and experienced beekeepers can build a quilt box for their own use. The process requires some wood and metalworking skills and a few tools. This guide shows you how to build a quilt box for a beehive and its use in beekeeping.

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How to Make a DIY Beehive Moisture Board

DIY Beehive Moisture Board

The amount of moisture in the beehive can cause problems to bees, if it is enough to condense on beehive surfaces. To prevent moisture in the air from condensing in the beehive, the air is scrubbed of the moisture. This is done by wicking the moisture from air using absorbent materials. A beehive moisture board is made using such materials. You can purchase this beekeeping equipment or make one. This guide takes you through the importance of a beehive moisture board and how to make a DIY beehive moisture board. It also highlights important moisture and temperature control needs for the beehive in beekeeping operations.

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How to Build a Beehive Moving Screen

Build a Beehive Moving Screen

Beehive moving screens are needed when transporting honey bee colonies. You can purchase one from beekeeping equipment sellers or make one yourself. Buying an already made beehive moving screen or making one is a decision that is up to the individual beekeeper to make. Of course, if you are good at woodworking, then building your own beekeeping equipment when you can, gives you the best assurance of quality and durability. You can also customize the beehive moving screen to suit your unique needs better. Customizing any pre-made beekeeping equipment that you buy, requires making modifications that could result in voiding warranties and affecting the life of the equipment. Here is a guide on how to build a beehive moving screen and how to use it.

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How to Build an Electric Fence for Bears

How to Build an Electric Fence for Bears

Electric fences are a sure way to ensure beehives in an apiary are not attacked by bears. Beekeepers avoid losses in beekeeping equipment and honeybee colonies by installing an electric fence around the apiary. Both beginner and experienced beekeepers can set up an electric fence to protect their beehives. You can build your own electric fence or buy one and assemble it. Putting one together with parts from different manufacturers allows you to customize the electric fence to your preferences. This article delves into how to build an electric fence for bears around an apiary. You can use it to protect one beehive or many.

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How to Build a Beehive Bottom Board for Langstroth Hives

How to Build a Beehive Bottom Board

Langstroth beehives are a great choice for both beginner and experienced beekeepers. The Langstroth beehive uses a bottom board to seal the bottom of the beehive from the elements. There are 2 types of bottom boards: screened and solid. A screened bottom boards helps with hive ventilation in warm climates. You can buy or make a Langstroth beehive and its parts. In this article, we'll discuss how to build a beehive bottom board for your Langstroth beehive.

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How to Build a Langstroth Beehive Top Cover

How to Build a Langstroth Beehive Top Cover

The Langstroth beehive top cover is very important due to its primary function of protecting the beehive. The top cover keeps the elements out, prevents water and solid items such as snow entering from above. It works in conjunction with an inner cover to keep everything dry. The top cover can be telescoping and flat or garbled (sloped). The inner cover is always flat and does not telescope over the sides of the beehive. This article shows you how to build a Langstroth beehive top cover as well as the inner cover.

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How to Make a Homemade Bee Feeder

Homemade Beeder Feeder

Honey bee colonies sometimes experience periods of resource shortage. It is alright to feed honey bees when they do not have enough food resources to keep the colony going. Feeding the colony requires you to have one or more types of feeders. There are also many different types of feed that can be given to honey bees and the main ones are sugar syrup and pollen. Pollen is usually fed in powder form, or in the form of pollen patties. Sugar syrup fed to bees is of 1:1 ratio of sugar and water, or 2:1. This article delves into the feeding of honey bees and how to build a homemade bee feeder for your apiary.

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How to Make Langstroth Beehive Frames

How to Make Langstroth Beehive Frames

Langstroth beehives are synonymous with modern beekeeping. From the invention of the beehive, it has gripped the beekeeping industry like a giant. The iconic beehive provides a great home for honey bee colonies when built well. It is divided into the lower section, beehive boxes and the upper section. Langstroth beehives have several components that are held in it including beehive frames. This article guides you on how to make Langstroth beehive frames. The frames are held in beehive boxes that make up a beehive stack. We will look at deep beehive box frames, medium and shallow beehive box frames. The frames you make can be used in both 8-frame and 10-frame Langstroth beehive setups.

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