Variations on the hive
I just love to see other beekeepers’ hives, so I was happy to receive these photos from new beekeeper Kevin Sirovy. Kevin employed some creative ideas and ended up with attractive, functional hives. He writes:
I know you have already received a bunch of kudos for this type of roof [gabled and ventilated], I’m just going to give you one more. I built two today and they are very easy and effective. I have found a product called Duraflash that I am going to use for the cover. It’s supposed to be like metal flashing only easier to work with.
I also used the handles for the roof to set on. I did not router the handles into the hive like a normal setup would be, but used blocks about 5″ long and 1 1/2″ wide, and glued and screwed them on the sides of the boxes. The roof sits right on the blocks with about 3/4″ over the hive boxes. Looks good and functional.
. . . the windows are double-paned tempered glass for insulating qualities. The Duraflash is on the nuc box. I have since put it on all of the hives. It works but I’m not sure it’s really necessary. Time will tell. I now have bees in these boxes and am having a great time. Strange but it’s such a stress reliever. All this was built from plans on the Internet.
By the way, according to their website, “Duraflash is a UV stabilized vinyl sheet material intended for use as a non-corrosive rigid flashing.” I am interested to see how it works in this application.
Thanks Kevin. It looks like fun!