This hive is ready to go and has the capacity to accommodate your bees throughout the year, with room for honey if you get lucky. The hive is locally made here in our wood shop. It includes a double walled screened bottom board with sloped entrance and entrance reducer, two deep pine hive boxes for the brood chamber, and one medium honey super, a Vivaldi Board™️ with Vivaldi Screen™️ ,and either a telescoping lid or curved roof. An equipment starter kit can be purchased in addition.
This hive comes with fully assembled wood frames installed with plastic foundation that has a double coat of cappings wax. The black foundation in the brood boxes will help you find eggs, and there is white foundation in the honey super. We also offer foundationless frames by request.
Vivaldi Board™️: The Vivaldi Board™️ provides moisture management, insulation, and feeding options that are not available in a standard hive with an inner cover.
Screened Bottom Board: We consider the screened bottom board an essential tool in modern beekeeping. It includes a mite tray (sometimes called a sticky board) that provides a convenient way to count varroa mites without killing or disrupting the bees. It is less accurate than jar sampling methods, but can be done as often as you want, without harming the bees, to make up for the lower accuracy. Frequent sampling gives you a better sense of changes in mite infestation rate.
Telescoping Lid: We use a full 2” frame, a 3/8” exterior grade panel, and a heavy gauge rust-proof metal cover that is more robust then the soft aluminum that most manufacturers use. This metal cover wraps around the wood a full 1” to provide outstanding protection. Our wood frame is rabbet jointed, glued and stapled for great strength. The panel is also glued and stapled to the frame.
Curved Lid: This lid uses a poly metal cover that is curved around the frame. It offers significant benefits over the standard lid: screened ventilation, mold resistance, and additional dry-feeding room.
Comes assembled. We kindly ask that hives be picked up within 2 weeks of purchase. Midweek pickups can be arranged by appointment. Thank you.