David's Ultimate Wish List Hive - Please allow 2 - 3 weeks for delivery.
I put together my dream hive, a hive that comes with extra things that can help the colony along. I have only built a limited number of these, but here is what it is: Our typical completely assembled and painted bee hive with wooden frames and foundation. But it also comes with 1) 2 Green Drone Comb for mite control (and information on how to use them for varroa control) 2) 4 beetle blaster traps to trap small hive beetles, 3) I have painted on extra wax on all 30 frames and 4) I have scored the inside of the hive to help encourage the bees to add propolis inside on the walls of the hive which has been shown to improve colony health. It also comes with a Burns Bees Feeding Systems. This inside-the- hive feeder helps feed colonies better during cooler weather and also reduces robbing in the fall.
Certainly you can buy the green drone comb and beetle blasters and add them to our Completely Assembled and Painted Hive, but my dream hive has the extra wax that I’ve coated on the frames and the scored inside walls. This takes time and is why we only can sell a limited number of my dream hives.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR DRONE COMB:
Place drone frame in the middle of your brood box, and once the majority of the cells are capped (which can take 2-3 weeks), simply pull out the drone frames and place in freezer for 48 hours to kill the drone pupae and mites in the comb. Replace it with your second drone frame for the cycle to continue in your hive. Scrap open the cells (or leave the frame as is) and then place back in the hive. The workers will clean out the dead drones along with all the dead mites. This frame is bright green so you can easily identify it in the hive. If you have limited freezer space, you can simply scrape off the capped drone cells and let the bees rebuild the comb each time.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR BEETLE BLASTER:
Place in top super in summer and in brood nest in winter. Fill trap about half full (20 cc's) of cooking oil before putting it in place. In honey super, place the trap between the top bars of two frames where beetles are observed. If none are observed, place near the side and toward the back of hive. In brood nest, place the trap between top bars near the center of the brood area. Clean any wax from top bars so trap will fit down flat. When opening hive after placement, drag hive tool firmly from one end of the trap to the other. You can kill many beetles hiding under trap by doing this. The traps can be left in place for months, but empty out if there are a large number of beetles in trap as they can rot and render the trap ineffective. Traps are meant to be disposable but can be cleaned out with jet stream and reused. Place a trap in all hives to prevent beetle migration. You can place up to several traps in one hive. If you have a hive collapsing from hive beetles, place 3 or 4 traps in hive to keep as many beetles from migrating to your other colonies as possible.