Due to the adverse weather condition hives are exposed to, it’s advisable to consider hard wood as the best choice. Hard wood has the ability to withstand harsh weather condition over a long period of time and still retains its durability.
In the selection of wood, two hard woods stand as favorites and they include Malina and Omo wood “Yoruba Name”. The two woods mentioned are choice woods because of peculiar scent.
Things to look out for before purchasing a wood
The wood should be wide: any wood you want to buy should be wide enough. Do not opt for any wood that’s less than 11inches in width and 12feet in length. Wide woods will make a taller bee hive.
If the width of the wood is not less than 11inches, when trimming the edges to give you equal width you will discover that after nailing the bee hive the height might be lesser than 9inches which shouldn’t be.
Go for thick woods: bees love a smooth hive. Meaning if you are making your bee hives, you will need to smooth the inner part of the wood.
So if you are buying a wood that’s not thick enough, after smoothening you will realize the wood is too light and this tends to reduce the durability of the wood.
Ensure you are buying a wood devoid of injuries: most wood sellers just want to sell off what they have whether good or bad without consideration for what you intend to use it for so it’s in your court to reject every injured or woods with holes in them.
If you go on to buy woods with holes in them and the wood was used in building a hive. Even if the hive colonizes, the bees will spend the time they use in making honey in blocking those holes.
Holes in hives leaves the bees venerable to harsh weather conditions so the bees ensure they block every single hole in their hives before they even think of producing or nesting their properly.
Do not buy warped woods: some woods are bent, avoid such like a plague. Warped woods will go worse as time goes.
Reason been the more the woods loose moisture and goes dry the more its shapes changes. It’s better to stick with straight woods to avoid bent hives.
Get good aluminum: remember you will need this for the base of the hives as well as the top cover. So even if you opt to buy used one, just make sure the holes in the aluminum sheets are minimal and not wide.
Big holes can grant intruders access into the hives; also it can contribute to heat loss during cold weather and this will be another stress to the bees in the sense that they will have to go in search of propolis to cover the holes.
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