If you're thinking of giving some honeybees a home, here's a great way to start. This 41 X 51 cm 5-piece Dadant beehive includes an outer cover, a candy board, a deep super, a brood box, and a bottom board. Made out of high quality fir, the hive is strong and durable. The wood is thoroughly dried to prevent warping, which encourages long-term use. The wall thickness is 1.95 to 2.00 cm, so the hive is very strong. Seamless splicing, NC slotting, high precision and no nails, this beehive is designed to last. Frames sold separately.
Dadant 5-Piece Beehive
Beekeepers often opt to paint their beehives to protect them from the elements. Be sure you are choosing paint that will not harm your bees. In general, look for water-based latex paints rated for exterior use with low levels of VOCs, or volatile organic compounds. VOCs are chemicals that evaporate out of the paint as it dries and cures, a process called off-gassing. Levels of VOCs are measured in grams per liter and are typically marked on the label of the paint can or bucket. To prevent these chemicals from affecting your bees and their pheromones, look for paints with VOCs under 100. Those labeled 50 or lower are even safer. Some beekeepers prefer to use clear coatings or stains to protect their hives without hiding the natural beauty of the wood grain. Again, the guiding rule is to use water-based coatings with low VOCs.
Give Your Paint Time to Off-gas
Even with a low-VOC paint, you should leave plenty of time for the off-gassing process to take place before introducing a colony to your hive. Be sure to read the label for the paint manufacturer’s listed curing time. Add a few days or even weeks to the curing time for good measure to account for differences in your region’s temperature and relative humidity. This process cannot be rushed, and your bees will thank you for planning ahead and leaving enough time to make their home as welcoming as possible.
What Surfaces Should be Painted?
The rule of thumb for painting hives is to cover any surfaces that are exposed to sun and rain, and leave surfaces bare where bees walk and live. This means the interiors of boxes, entry ways and all interior components such as frames should not be painted.