Presentation on theme: "Alternative Equipment Why alternative equipment? By Michael Bush Copyright 2005."— Presentation transcript:
Alternative Equipment Why alternative equipment? By Michael Bush Copyright 2005
Why alternative equipment? To Reduce Lifting –We beekeepers are aging –People in general are not as strong feed used to come in 100# sacks now 50# –Gravity is getting stronger Ive noticed this every year and cant understand why its not being investigated
Why Alternative Equipment? Cost –Some alternatives are less expensive Standardization –Some alternatives simplify and standardize Dealing with Pests –Some alternatives help with mites, skunks and other problems
Lifting How much do you want to lift? The weight, full of honey of a: 10 frame deep: 90# 10 frame medium: 60# 8 frame medium: 48#
Lifting One alternative to lifting as much, is to standardize on all medium depth frames and boxes.
Standardization All the same size frames means: The option to use surplus honey to boost other hives for winter Allows opening up the brood nest by moving up honey and brood to the box above Simplifies life because everything is the same size
Top Bar Hives Less expensive to build Clean wax because the comb is built by the bees without foundation Natural sized cells to help with Varroa mites, but without expensive foundation Can easily do natural spacing (1 ¼) of brood combs for smaller cells Bees stay calm because only a small amount of the hive is open at one time