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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the straw badge in Animal Care.




For this BB, you will set up a conventional bee hive!

Minimum Requirements for this BB:
      - Set up a Langstroth, top bar, Warre, horizontal or other conventional bee hive

To document your completion, provide proof of the following as pics or video (less than two minutes):
     - Bee hive parts
     - Midway through setting it up
     - Fully assembled hive
     - Bees using the hive
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Could existing bee hives work for this? For example,  if one was broken down into the components parts for a complete inspection then reassembled? Bees intact of course.
 
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I would think if it was sufficiently deconstructed, that would count.
 
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I built 4 complete hive boxes & started 4 nucs this summer. Finally moved the last beehive to it's permanent location today. I think they'll like it, especially once their field is planted with wildflowers! Here are pix of the move. Will dismantle one of them in the next few days for a good inspection & take more pix to satisfy the BB. These girls weren't very happy today. It was a fairly long bumpy ride.

Needed to inspect hives before winter so disassembled this one further than normal for the BB. Some unassembled new boxes & frames are shown next to the cardboard box. Those will be added early next spring.
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Note: I certify this BB complete. Beautiful pic of capped comb

 
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I was wondering if this counts as setting  up a beehive. This is one of my educational videos on installing package bees we do.




if not no worries I can do a picture setup.

-Justyn
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Note: Nice video. It's not quite fully set up though. A couple pix after the queen cage & package box is replaced with frames will satisfy the BB requirements.

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I installed a Nuc in my hive.
Baseboard

box

frames with pulled wax

frames installed

Nuc ready for installation on completed hive


Bees using the hive.
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I got bees! I built this Kenyan top bar hive with a shed-style roof last year from all found wood and materials, but only got around to finishing the top bars this spring. I did have to purchase new wood to make the top bars and follower boards, because those need to be perfectly straight in order for the top bar hive to function properly.

You can see how I made the bars. I found the perfect thin wooden molding strip at a big box hardware store, then nailed some to each bar. Then I coated it with melted beeswax to give the bees a good head start to build their own comb.

Many thanks to @phil.chandler, the Barefoot Beekeeper for providing the open source plans for the TBH!

My friend Pete, who is a bee rescuer brought me this beautiful large swarm of about 10,000 Italian honeybees he had just caught on a nearby job. They seem to be taking well to the new home and they don't mind me.
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bees in the hive
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building the hive
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the frame of the lid for the hive
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delivering the swarm to the hive
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Under the hood of the hive, bars installed
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testing the dimensions
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Hello! I’m so excited about this program. I read about it in Mother Earth News and had to sign up.

I took a beekeeping class this spring and recently installed this hive from a nuc.

I purchased the boxes, mesh bottom board and top pre-assembled, but I assembled my own wax foundation frames. The last one I built looks a lot better than the first. :)

The bees have been doing well and enjoying the rain we got this week. I’m happy to share additional photos if needed. I added a second brood box last week, and I’ll be checking their progress soon.

Thank you!

Update: I’ve added a couple photos of these using the box. Thanks again!!
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Note: Please add a picture of bees using the hive box.

 
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Hi again! Adding a couple more photos of the bees using their Langstroth box. Thanks!
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Note: Lovely Hive, Enjoy your bees!

 
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