Build it Yourself

Most of the materials you need for building your own hives and other equipment can be obtained by dumpster diving. If you have a friend that is a contractor, it is even better. Perhaps you can set up a barter with them (honey for scraps).

Here's a grocery list for dumpster diving. Of course, some materials listed can be smaller and pieced together to make larger pieces. Smaller pieces can be used for nuc boxes and swarm traps. Free is better than cheap any day.

  • 2 1/2" decking screws. (of course, they can be used!)
  • sheet metal or coil stock 20 x24 or larger. Smaller pieces can be used for nuc box lids and on your swarm trap tops.
  • 1 by anything 16 1/2" or longer. (your contractor friends should be swimming in this)
  • 2 by anything at least 2' long.
  • 19" by 23" exterior plywood or OSB for outer covers, nuc boxes and swarm traps.
  • 16" by 20" Luan board for inner covers and nuc boxes.
  • Exterior latex paint. A light color would be nice. Bee boxes don't have to be white.
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