We had some excitement today. First, I was spending some great time in my shop constructing some new top bar hive components. I built a very sturdy platform for them and some follower boards that act as feeding ports. Let's take a look at the stand first.
|Simple Stand with 2X4s|
These simple follow the 30 degree cut at the base to match the shape of the hive body. The two 2X4s offer lateral support. These are 28 inches high.
|Hive Body Secure and Level|
Now you see the top bar hive body resting securely on its stand. Rock solid and its about 35 inches tall. Very easy height to work with.
|Follower board Feeder Port|
Here is my idea for a follower board that acts as a feeding port at the same time!
Just add some feet to the bottom of the follower board with the correct spacing for your feeder. I use a simple 'floor' that the feeder sits on cut with the same 30 degree s sides so that it fits snugly in the hive body.
SWARM CATCH !
Later in the afternoon - one of my hives decided that it was time to swarm. This was a total surprise. However, I was ready to retrieve it.
I improvised a simple swarm catch net with a pillow case and a wire hanger on the end of a long wooden stick.
|Swarm Catcher Net|
Then I fixed on the wire using some duct tape. Great stuff.
|Nothing by Net !|
This is me catching the main ball of bees to drop them into my swarm box.
|The new 'temporary' home|
It took a few hours, by they all marched into their new home. Tomorrow I will take them up to the main yard.