OUR STORY: When we first started making hives at LONG LANE HONEY BEE FARMS around 2006, it was just our family. We would cut the boards, build the hives, and paint them. Our three youngest children helped us, and sometimes we would sit for hours in our workshop with the wood burner going, a pot of soup on top of it, and just build and paint for hours at a time. But as time went on, and the children grew up, we began to realize that we could not continue building these hives ourselves. So we found an Amish cabinet maker who began to make these for us. As you can only imagine, these hives are high quality, with wood manufactured and milled here in the US, built by master craftsmen, right here in Illinois. Every week we visit these fine people and do quality control--checking the procedures, the wood, even the paint room and filters. They do a fantastic job. This family also raises bees, so they understand the nuances of beekeeping and what beekeepers want and need. These hives are workhorses and will outlast your lifetime.
Completely Assembled and Painted Hive
10 Frame Langstroth Hive. This is a completely assembled and painted beehive!(any other accessories come separately). Comes completely painted with a screened bottom board, entrance reducer, 2 painted deep hive bodies each with 10 deep wooden frames each, fully assembled, with beeswax coated plastic foundation installed, 1 assembled and painted medium honey super with 10 medium wooden frames, fully assembled, with plastic beeswax coated foundation installed, 1 Inner cover with vent hole, 1 painted telescoping top Cover, WITH METAL COVERING--painted aluminum! Made of pine. Super, bottom board, inner and outer cover are routed rabbet joints and have been glued and nailed. Bees are not included but can be purchased by providers close to you.
If you are comparing prices, please take in consideration while you might find a similar hive for less ask these questions: 1. Is it assembled? 2. Is it painted? 3. Does it include wooden frames and foundation? 3. How much is shipping? Our hives come completely assembled, painted with wooden frames and foundation is included.
Suggestions: You may wish to purchase a feeder (there are many different choices) to go with this hive and possibly a queen excluder. Need more information? Check out our classes, our blog at basicbeekeeping.blogpsot.com, our many YouTube videos, or a good beekeeping book (the truly best ones are listed in our Book section) to understand the choices.
Helpful Hint: You should always order hives 3 - 4 weeks before your bees arrive. This way you have ample time to receive your hive, examine all parts for any shipping damages, get parts replaced in the case of damage, understand your hive, find the best place to put it, and have it set up with feeders in place before the bees arrive.