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 Langstroth Beehive Box (Brood & Super)

How to Build a Langstroth Beehive Box

Langstroth beehives make use of boxes stacked on top of each other. This feature gives the Langstroth beehive superior expandability by making use of available vertical space. There are two sizes of Langstroth beehives: 10-frame and 8-frame. Beekeepers can choose to purchase or make their own Langstroth beehive boxes. The boxes come in handy when you need to add space for your bees to use as brood chambers or for honey storage. This article details how to build a Langstroth beehive box. It covers shallow, medium and deep boxes for both 8-frame and 10-frame sizes of Langstroth beehives.

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How to Make a Homemade Nuc Beehive

How to Make a Homemade Nuc Beehive

For most, the objective is to make a commercial success of your beekeeping journey. What you are about to read is a DIY project that will give you a sense of accomplishment when completed. The importance of making your own homemade Nuc beehive is underlined by the fact the ready-made hive can come at a huge cost to the pocket. If you have not budgeted for one, that should not mean a death blow on your passion for beekeeping. With simple woodworking skills, you are good to go in your attempt to make your own homemade Nuc beehive that you will be proud of. All you are required to do is to simply follow the steps that shall be discussed below and you will definitely have a better understanding of what to do. Enjoy.

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How to Make a Queen Excluder: DIY Beekeeping

How to Make a Queen Excluder

A queen excluder is an optional beekeeping equipment and can be purchased from a wide variety of manufacturers. When you do not want to buy a queen excluder, you can make one by yourself. This article details how to make a queen excluder and highlights its main features. It also looks at the importance of this beehive component as well as the reasons beekeepers choose to use or avoid a queen excluder in their beekeeping operation. While queen excluders are used in both Langstroth and top-bar beehives, the one discussed in this article is mainly that which is used in a Langstroth beehive.

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How to Coat Plastic Foundation with Beeswax

How to Coat Plastic Foundation with Beeswax

New plastic foundation and that which has been cleaned requires a coat of beeswax. The wax helps make the foundation acceptable by honeybees. Adding wax to plastic foundation on new frames is often needed to add the depth of the layer which the manufacturer has put on the foundation. This article will guide you through various ways on how to coat plastic foundation with beeswax. The other type of foundation used in beekeeping is wax foundation. Since it is already made using beeswax, it does not usually require coating with more beeswax.

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How to Clean Beehive Frames and Foundation

How to Clean Beehive Frames and Foundation

Good hygiene is a key factor in beekeeping. In a beehive, the frames are one of the important items you should clean. Both experienced and beginner beekeepers need to know how to clean beehive frames. They can then reuse the frames in their beehives with little risk of spreading diseases and sure that they are controlling pests of honeybees. Some beehive frames are best destroyed by fire and other destruction methods. These are the frames that have contagious diseases of bee colonies such as foulbrood. It is especially important to clean bee frames when moving them between honeybee colonies. Some colonies that appear healthy at first, may in fact harbor disease-causing organisms that can infect a weak colony. Do not put off cleaning beehive frames for any reason, especially if you plan to use them in another colony. It is great if you schedule and carry out beehive frame cleaning soon after harvesting honey. This gives your frames ample time to dry properly before the next use. You are also able to repair any damaged frames and replace those that cannot be reused; all this done in time before honey flow season.

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Beehive Frame Assembly – Beginner’s Guide

Beehive Frame Assembly

Beehive frame assembly is important for hands-on beekeepers with an interest in making their own beekeeping equipment. The next logical step after building your own beehive boxes is to assemble the frames and install them. This guide takes you through assembling beehive frames for both brood and honey super beehive boxes. It covers frames for deep, medium and shallow beehive boxes. The assembly of beehive frames can be split into two broad processes: 1.) First is the assembly of the wooden frame. 2.) The second broad process is wiring the frame and addition of foundation including embedding wax foundation.

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How to Build a Langstroth Beehive

How to Build a Langstroth Beehive

Beekeeping with Langstroth beehives gives allows for high honey yields and makes beehive maintenance easier. Beekeepers using Langstroth beehives have the options of buying a hive and maybe assembling it themselves, or building one. This article details how to build a Langstroth beehive and touches on the important features of that make this beehive design style so popular in beekeeping. It also delves into benefits of using a Langstroth beehive in beekeeping.

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How to Build a Homemade Hive Stand

How to Build a Homemade Hive Stand

Bees have always set their home above the ground, and it is not to stay out of reach from humans, though that may seem like one of the reasons. There are many advantages associated with staying away from the ground, and that is the intuition that drives bees to establish their colonies in crevices that are well secluded from invaders. The hive stand is a beekeeping equipment that plays a crucial role for any beekeeper. In this DIY guide we'll take a look at how to build a homemade hive stand.

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