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Comment by Gavin McCullough on May 29, 2017 at 3:48pm

Rhett...the wall opening is a bit bigger...maybe 6 or 7 bees could squeeze through

took that yesterday...so there are still some bees in there...just the activity is way down. maybe the will get busy and make more bees...if not...well...tending to the bees we naturally have is one thing, actually buying bees to keep in the yard when my wife is allergic would be suspect...if anything happened to her it would likely go down as, "sir...so you've known your wife for almost 40 years?" "Yes." "And you know she is allergic to wasp and bee stings?" "Yes." "And you bought 5000 bees and put them in your backyard?" "Yes." "Yeah, I think you need to come downtown with us..."

Comment by Gavin McCullough on May 28, 2017 at 12:11pm

oh...red western cedar. a couple of coats of tung oil. 2 boxes, quilt box and roof. I did order the nice feeder from the warre store. right now the top bars are just evenly placed and no wax. If bees come in the next week, that is what they will work with...but that is unlikely. I did order brads, a driver, and some bees wax. If no bees when those arrive I will wax the bars and nail them in place.

I don't plan to harvest any honey from these two boxes at any time...they are for the bees.

If I catch a swarm and they do well I will add a bottom box in the spring. But...still plan to do little except give them a home. (on the off chance they do really well I could maybe see doing a half sized box as a super in a couple of years to take a bit of honey...but that is getting way way ahead of myself...1st job is hoping wall bees decide to abscond over to the hive with a queen in tow).

Comment by Gavin McCullough on May 28, 2017 at 12:04pm

Updates:

First...Rhett...the entrance is very small...maybe 3 or 4 bees can move in and out at one time. Since the swarm the hive activity is very low...still some bees in and out, but way down. I am hoping it is not a queen issue.

now the new stuff:

1. I finally got my hive from beethinking...I did not get all my order and it looks like beethinking may be going out of business, so i think my other items are a loss. I did order a couple of things from the Warre Store just last week after hearing about beethinking.

2. with the wall bees recently swarmed and low activity, I assume I will be some time with out bees...still I put the hive together and put it outside with a bit of lemongrass oil...maybe a swarm will come...maybe not.

3. I still plan to mostly be a bee-haver vs a bee-keeper. right now with the wall bees I am a bee-haver, and even if a swarm comes to the hive I will likely leave it alone (maybe feed a bit?)...but maybe I get the beekeeping bug?

4. Thanks for this site...if I do get a swarm I am sure I will be bugging you people quite a bit more.

5. Is there any reason not to keep an empty hive outside? can't really image it becomes a home to any pests...will make sure no wasps build a nest or anything like that (my wife is very allergic to wasps, kinda allergic to bees...keep a few epi pens around the house).

Comment by Samuel Lopez on May 4, 2017 at 7:06am

Jeremy- my semi-frames have wax applied to the starter strip and so I would echo Rhett's statement about applying wax to your wedge style top bars.

Comment by Rhett Renoud on May 3, 2017 at 3:00pm

You're welcome, I'm glad that I can help!  I'm sure everyone has their own unique method for application.  Do what works best for you.  I started out by using a cheap brush.  Beeswax isn't the easiest to work with.  I now melt a large pan of wax and dip my comb guides.  I have found that method to be the easiest and I don't have to worry about gumming up brushes.

    

Comment by Jeremy Nelson on May 3, 2017 at 2:47pm

Any feedback works- Thanks Rhett

Ill be asking both of you from now on! LOL

Just a paint brush kind of application??? 

Comment by Rhett Renoud on May 3, 2017 at 2:43pm

I'm not Sam, but I can answer your question.  It's best to apply some wax to them.  It encourages the bees to build straight comb. 

Comment by Jeremy Nelson on May 3, 2017 at 2:13pm

Sam- I have wedge style top bars- pine_warre_top_bars_ea5ae41a-c67f-4ca0-a3a5-e213ec47f4d2_2000x.jpg

Do I need to wax these before adding to the Warre or will they be ok without?

Comment by Rhett Renoud on April 9, 2017 at 4:50pm

Free Bees!  I'm jealous!  Wow, our bees don't start swarming here for another month.  Thanks for the update!  How large would you guess the entrance is on the wall?     

Comment by Gavin McCullough on April 9, 2017 at 4:31pm

 

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