Bee hives for bees
Bee Hives - Langstroth & Jackson Bee Hives type available
The mainstay of a beekeeper's equipment. You need beehives to keep bees. There are many different ways of doing this for example, using clay pots, logs, bark and so many more. The generally accepted bee hive used conventionally is the Langstroth bee hive. We are looking at a new design as an alternative called the Jackson bee hive.
Bee hive & queen excluder
"As I was placing my stunning new beehives on their new locations, another swarm just arrived so please make it 2 new beehives for the 25th FEB. If we can have them ready & post them on the 25th, they may arrive sooner rather than later. " ~ Sha Ara
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Preference is paramount again. There are a few parts that make a conventional Langstroth hive: the base, the brood, the super, 10 frames in each, a queen excluder (not included -R70 extra) and finally the lid.
We have had to increase our prices on both types of bee hives since we have not had increases for over 2 years! Costs as you can imagine have risen. We cannot hold the previous prices any longer!
Add a langstroth hive to your cart (R690 excl p+p R140)
All of our beehives are treated with Waksol which is a natural weather protection and also acts as honeybee attractant when placed in direct sun. Within 2 -3 days in a bee friendly area you should have a new colony move in to one of our bee hives in the spring/summer season! Weight as it stands = 17kg
All bee hive frames are wired and have wax strips. The lid is actually covered with aluminium sheeting. The PIC above is before the final product is complete.
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We can send Assembled bee hives anywhere in South Africa within 5 working days by mail order
Start with a brood chamber, 10 frames with wax foundation, a base and a lid. One can go the whole hog and get the full deal. The complete assembled hive. REMEMBER!
This does not include the queen excluder - SOLD SEPARATELY for R70 excl p+p .
You can expect to have foundation wax strips in both chambers, 10 frames per chamber. You can use creosote to treat your hives. You can also use Bitumen Silver Enamel paint. Or do both. Be sure to use the correct creosote as some do contain contaminants.
We have opted for the Waksol treatment of our bee hives. This means the bee hives are dunked into a vat of melted bees wax & linseed oil and submerged for 3 minutes. The closest method to having a natural beehive and the best as far as food grade honey goes. **It also makes it hard for bees to ignore the new smell of home...
Also leave your beehives to dry and air properly before transferring a colony into it. Frames usually come standard. You can make your own. Do not treat these.
You can and it is recommended that you put wax foundation sheets on the super frames. You can also use Pollen traps and feeders with your hives. Feeders are used while wintering your colonies. It is also important that your frames have wire. These offer support to the wax comb when fully built and assists when inspecting hives to stabilise comb, especially with super frames when it comes to honey extracting in a spinner.
A queen bee excluder is necessary in the Langstroth bee Hive as it prevents the queen bee from moving between the brood and super chambers. Thus you have brood in the bottom chamber and surplus honey in the super chamber. Workers can move easily between the metal wire.
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Koningin Uitsluiters / Separators - essential for keeping the queen bee out of the honey
Queen excluders are used to keep the queen bee from being able to lay eggs inside the super chamber where the honey is stored.
The queen excluder is sold separately to the bee hive and is very useful when it comes time to harvest honey.
The queen will lay eggs only in the brood [broei kas] chamber if she cannot access the super [heuning kas] chamber above when a queen excluder is used to prevent the queen bee from getting through.
The benefit of the queen excluder is that when it comes to harvesting honey from the super chamber there are no eggs or larvae in the honeycomb and ONLY ripe honey is ready for harvesting and filtering.
Together the Bee hive and Queen excluder make a great team!