According to entomologists, beehives are disappearing at an alarmingly rapid pace—and this isn’t just affecting our honey supply. Without bees, a whole lot of the food we eat wouldn’t exist anymore; produce such as almonds and cherries, for instance, are dependent on bee pollination to grow. Bee disappearances are partially due to pesticides and mites, but climate change is also a big factor.
Amazingly, everyday people are trying to do their part to help by keeping their own beehives in their backyards. Even city dwellers are learning how to build their own hives for their fire escapes! It’s not just a trend, either: it’s a necessity for the future of our earth’s fragile ecosystem.
Want to know how to make your own beehive at home? Simply follow these steps, and voila! You’ll be eating your own organic honey—and doing your part to save the bees—in no time at all.
Essentially, you’ll buy a pre-made bottom beehive kit (Amazon sells a good one here), then plywood and jars to customize it. For the rest of the beehive, you’ll need: one piece of 2″ x 12″ x 6′ wood (cut two pieces to 22″ each for the sides); one piece of 2″ x 12″ x 6′ wood (cut two pieces to 18″ each for the front and back); one piece of 1″ x 1″ x 6′ wood (cut two pieces to 22″ each for the top frame’s left and right sides); one piece of 1″ x 1″ x 6′ wood (cut two pieces to 18″ each for the top frame’s front and back sides); one piece of thick plywood cut to 16″ x 20″; 12 big mouth quart-sized jars for the honeycomb; one box of 1″ wood screws; one can of any dark wood stain; and, of course, your bees!
The jars will become heated quickly since there’s no ventilation, so make sure you keep them in the shade (or place them under some sort of screen). You also want to avoid allowing your bees into the areas around the jars, since they’ll make a bit of a mess!
It may seem like a big job, but these steps are all you really need to make an attractive, stable home for your new bees. Once you’ve got the basic supplies in there, they will do all the rest of the work. Get ready for your very own beehive!
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