Innovative Way to Save the Bees – Homemade Beehive
For the first time in history, a couple of American bees species have been actually classified as endangered. This news went viral, so probably you have heard about it. And in bee endangerment, there are a couple of factors which have contributed for this.
Factors that contributed to their decline in the recent years. It is believed that the root of these problems is climate change. Also, other factors are mites and pesticides.
The decline in bee population has been in the spotlight of the media due to their significant implication they have on food production. Nowadays, people are aware of the urgency of the problem, and many are actually trying to help.
How Can People Help?
People can help by keeping beehives at home. Some have already started this. This is a simple yet highly effective thing to do. Once you think about you will realize that that is a great idea.
This revolutionary idea can assist declining bee population, and you can have your organic honey. No more buying honey from the store, you will have your own homemade honey and at the same time do a good deed.
How to Keep Beehives
You need a previously made bottom beehive kit, couple of jars that will serve you for the principal beehive, and plywood.
Also you will need 1 piece of wood 2″ x 12″ x 6 ( you need to cut 2 pieces each to 22” for the sides), 1 piece of wood 2″ x 12″ x 6′ ( you will need to cut to pieces each to 18” for the back and front).
Also 1 box of 1”” wood screws, 1 piece of wood 1″ x 1″ x 6′ (you should cut 2 pieces each to 22” for the right and left sides of the top frame).
And twelve large mouth quart-sized jars that will serve you for the honeycomb.
Furthermore, 1 piece of thick plywood cut 16″ x 20″, 1 piece of wood 1″ x 1″ x 6′ ( you will need to cut 2 pieces each to 18” for the back and front sides of the top frame) and last but not least the bees.
How to Make Your Own Beehives
The plywood shall serve you as a frame when it comes to the beehive kit, so you can stain it however you want. Into the piece of wood of 16″ x 20″, you need to drill 12 holes that need to be large enough in order to screw the jars into.
You can make the top frame by screwing the 4 pieces of 22” and 18” plywood.
After you need to clean each of the twelve jars, and before you twist them upside down, you need to put them in the holes.
You need to add shims and washers in the jars to assist the honey and its weight.
Screw the lids, and they need to fit into the drilled holes. There needs to be less than a 1/16” gap. This gap needs to be between the beehive hole and jar.
Place empty combs or starter strips inside the jars, and then you can add the bees.
The bees will become allured to the comb right away, and they will begin their work making honey.
When you notice that the jars are full of honey, you need to twist your lids on so the bees will be able to continue working while the honey is harvested.
When the lids are on the jars, they will heat up rapidly, because there is no ventilation.
So, you need to keep the jars in shade.
By doing this, you will help save a declining population and do a good deed, and at the same time, you will have a constant supply of all natural, organic honey.
Isn’t this great? What do you think about this revolutionary idea?