That's right- Mr. Chanclas is the proud owner of a couple thousand honeybees! I'm thrilled to have this newest addition to our homestead. This project belongs to Mr. Chanclas so I am just a casual observer to the process. I haven't read any beekeeping books or obsessed over beekeeping websites and YouTube videos. I've just quietly and happily watched as Mr. Chanclas built his own top bar beehive out of scrap lumber and then installed his first colony.
|Mr. Chanclas working on his top bar hive. Little Sister made her own project nearby.|
|Cutting strips of wood to create the top bars.|
|The main trough portion of the hive|
|The top bar hive with top bars in place|
|Air holes with screen covering in the bottom of the hive|
|A piece of "starter comb" added to show the bees where to get started|
|The box of bees purchased from BeeWeaver|
|It was a LOT of bees!|
|Putting the new bees into their new hive|
We have modest goals for this first hive. Mainly, that they don't decide to leave. And hopefully, that we get a little bit of honey for eating and a little bit of beeswax for candle making. I will report back with updates!