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Bees are declining in popularity and the decline in the population is affecting food produce. Reports have gone around that bee hives are disappearing at a rate that is rapid and this is alarming, thanks to the use of pesticides and mites, along with climate change.
People have now started to take the issue seriously and many people are now trying to help bees by keeping bee hives. This is a simple task but it is effective and generally, you do not have to be a beekeeper to be able to keep bees. There is also the added benefit of people being able to produce fresh organic honey for their own personal consumption.
Make A Bee Hive To Enjoy Fresh Honey And Save Bees
One man has even gone as far as designing and making his own been hive and when he explained the procedure online it has gone viral. All that is needed to make a beehive in the garden is the following:
• A piece of plywood, some jars that make up the main hive
• A piece of 2 inches by 12 inches by 6-inch wood, cut two pieces of wood to 22 inches each and these make up the sides.
• One piece of wood 2 inches x 12 inches x 6 inches cut two pieces to 18 inches and these will make the front and the back.
• One piece of wood 1 inch by 1 inch by 6 inches, cutting two pieces to 18 inches and these make up the top frame on the back and front sides.
• One piece of plywood is used and needs to be cut to 16 inches by 20 inches.
• 12 big jars that will be used as the honeycomb
• A box of 1-inch wood screws.
• Wood stain to stain the bee hive
• Some bees.
The plywood is going to act as the frame for making the beehive and this may be stained with wood stain in any color. 12 holes are going to have to be drilled into the piece of plywood that is 16 inches by 20 inches, and the holes are going to have to be drilled so that the mason jars can be put into it.
The top frame is made by putting together the four pieces of plywood 18 inches by 22 inches, and these should be screwed together and also stained in any color that is desired.
The mason jars will need to be sanitized, and they should then be placed upside down and twisted into the holes that were cut and then add in shims or washers inside the jars to be able to support the weight as this is where the honey is going to be later. When the lids have been screwed onto the jar, they will need to fit perfectly inside the holes that were drilled, and the gap between the beehive hole and jar should be less than 1/16th of an inch.
Starter strips or empty combs should be placed on the inside of the jars, and this is when you can add your bees. The bees are going to be attracted to the honeycomb, and they will then begin to start making honey. When the bees have done their work and filled them with honey the lids may be twisted on, and the bees will continue to work as the honey is being harvested.
Bear in mind that the jars are going to heat up quickly with the lids on as there is not going to be any ventilation, so it is wise to build the beehive in the shade.