Setting up for Natural Bee Keeping

Putting frames into boxesAfter completing a Natural Bee Keeping course in 2012 with Tim Malfroy, and later purchasing a Warre Hive, we’ve been waiting for the weather to warm up and the trees, shrubs and plants to start flowering before setting it out and putting it together.

Step one was coating the hive in wax to protect it from the weather, this just required some heated wax and a few cloths.




Then we needed to put ‘starter’ strips into the frames, a bit of a process with having to melt the wax.

Melting in starter strips

We added sawdust to the top to absorb excess moisture, then stacked it all together and strapped it tight.





We put some oil into the catch tray for any beetles to fall into and diBeetle tray with oile.








We transported it to it’s home, raised a foot or so on pilings and added a bee lure.

Now, we wait 🙂

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3 Responses to Setting up for Natural Bee Keeping

  1. Janine says:

    I’m doing the natural beekeeping course later in the year with Milkwood Permaculture, and trying to weigh up between building my own hive or ordering a hive from Tim Malfroy – if you don’t mind my asking, where did you purchase your Warre and what price range was it?

    • Caroola Farm says:

      Janine, I also did my course through Milkwood, approx price of a hive with 4 boxes, base, lid, strap and beetle lure was $600 through Tim – building your own is doable, you just need to have something to pattern it from – but it is also a project in it’s own right (a good thing if you are good at carpentry).

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