Re: SW Michigan Horizontal Hives - Sans Treatments
Nucleus/swarm boxes are just about ready for paint now.
I made telescoping lids for each, and covered those with coroplast/corex/corrugated plastic/political signs for extra weatherproofing.
Six of them so far.
here's a shot of the corrugated plastic covers on the smaller boxes.
Five of the swarm boxes I will paint with a camouflage pattern and place in different forested spots out of sight, but easy for me to monitor.
The last (and largest) one will be placed at an orchard, not really out of sight.
Each will get a disc entrance so I can seal 'em up nice and easy to transport.
I have four larger permanent hives in various states of in-progress (14 to 20 frame capacity), as well as the two Langstroth hives that I'm going to modify (slightly) to run the deeper Layens frames in.
Going to run similar frames to the ones GregV uses, 14ish inches across, and 19ish inches deep. I have a bunch of conversion bars made up so I can use Medium or Deep Langstroth frames turned vertically.
and I think I'm going to do some retrofitting to the last Horizontal Top Bar hive as well, so I'll eventually have 7 larger-volume hives to use.
It's getting real! The weather keeps getting a little warmer each day, looking forward to the season, hope I can get bees into a few of the hives!
- Nick - SW Michigan, Zone 6b (Lake Effect, ya know?). Extra Deep Horizontal Hives.