Chris has wanted to get into bee keeping for quite a while. But he wasn't overly enthused with the idea of buying hives or swarms. So he did a bit of research and came across the idea of a log bee hive. A more natural, so to speak, approach to bee keeping. Google "log bee hive" and you'll see lots of ideas and suggestions on how to go about doing this.
We had taken down a tree up by the future garden site but left quite a stump since the tree was a twin trunk. Ultimately that's what he decided to convert into the hive.
Chris sawed off two segments of the trunk then hollowed out the core. A ledge was created to support the honey bars.
|Hollowed out and ready for bars.|
|Nails keep the bars in place|
|Bars attached (and the other segment with cap)|
|Custom fitted cap|
|Melting down some bar wax|
|The chickens are always a help|
|The cap base|
|Look close and you can see the dividing line between segments|
No bees yet, but it's early in the swarming season. We'll keep our fingers crossed and see what happens through the summer. Wish us luck!