Re: What are some of your cost-saving methods?
- Build what you can. If you don't want something fancy, a basic BB or SBB can be made for just a few dollars and a little time, no expert skills needed. Telescoping covers aren't much more difficult. The bee's don't care that your equipment was expensive. They're perfectly willing to live in an old tree, or a wall.
- Use what's on hand. I had a little bit of stain and some old spar urethane in the back of the cupboard. Guess how my feeder got finished? It looks first-class. I've been painting my boxes with paint I have on hand, as well. I built my robber screens out of stuff I had on the wood pile and in the shed. Literally cost me nothing but a couple of minutes.
- Look for cheap/free exterior paint at the recycling exchange, Lowes, etc.
Don't provoke a hive full of angry bees.