Due to the declining populations and their major impact on food produce, bees have been in the media spotlight for some time now.
Reports indicate that the rate of disappearing of beehives is extremely accelerated, mostly due to climate changes, mites, and the use of pesticides.
Therefore, numerous people are struggling to preserve their beehives in order to stop the decline and produce organic honey for consumption.
The following homemade beehive by a guy has gone viral due to the simple instructions for its making, and its amazing benefits in terms of saving the bees:
This is all you need:
- a previously made bottom beehive kit,
- some jars for the main beehive
- 12 big mouth quart-sized jars for the honeycomb;
- 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);
- a piece of thick plywood cut to 16″ x 20″;
- one box of 1″ wood screws;
- one can of any dark wood stain.
You can stain the plywood according to your preferences, as it will serve as a frame for the beehive kit. Then, drill 12 holes into the 16″ x 20″ piece of plywood which should be big enough to screw the mason jars into.
Next, screwing the four pieces of 18″ and 22″ plywood together to make the frame, and you can stain it with color as well.
Sanitize the 12 mason jars before twisting them upside-down into the holes, and add washers or shims inside the jars to support the weight of the honey. Close the jars with lids and place them into the drilled holes. They will fit perfectly, with less than a 1/16″ gap in between.
Then, just place starter strips or empty combs inside the jars, and add the bees.
As soon as you do this, they will become attracted to the comb, and start the process of making honey.
When the jars are full of honey, twist the lids on to help the bees continue their work while you are harvesting the honey. With the lids on, due to the lack of ventilation, the jars will quickly heat up, so make sure you keep them in the shade.
This will enable you to enjoy a constant honey supply and will prevent the rapid decline of the bee population.