- Greetings Top Bar Group:
CK4 is well under way. This is a 22.5 degree (from vertical) with 48 inch
interior length (my bees need more room in both dimensions). I hope the
steeper angle will reduce adhesions. I have designed a cutting plan that
will use one 2x12 inch 8ft long for the ends, and one 2x4 inch 10ft long for
the legs. The sides are built with a 19 by 48 inch frame of 1x2 stock and
corrugated polyethyline (e.g., "Coroplast(TM)") as an inner and outer liner
with corrugated box paper as insulation. The poly is stapledto the frame.
This hive will include polystyrene lighting grid as anti-swarm hangers.
The outer hull is complete, including entrance and fanning draft slots in
one end. I'll staple in the bottom screen tomorrow. The legs follow, which
will then enable the hive to be set up for adding the bottom screen,
insulation and inner liner.
I am making a step-by step construction web site with pictures. This can be
made available immediatly if anyone wants to start constructon.
My mites appear under control using only cultural methods (drone excision),
and my new queen (a black Russian) is suposed to be mite resistant due to
Best wishes to all,