During the swarming season Mid April – early July, scout bees will be looking for suitable homes. If they come to a consensus that it is the best home available, then a swarm will move in shortly afterwards.
Hives ideally should be set up in early spring before the swarm season starts.
I offer a service where I deliver the hive and help you choose the best place to put the bees and then after preparing the hive to attract a swarm, fit the hive up into the tree for you. This service also gives me some time to talk to you about bees and what observations you might expect with a healthy colony.
For Orders and enquiries, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org or call me on 07717 251713.
The Freedom Hive
Freedom Hive body with top and bottom board, waterproof cover and insulation. £440
Freedom hive with straw hackle (hat) with ceramic cap and legs. The legs are made of Larch and come 6′ long as standard £570
The Log Hive
Log hive courses are organised in Spring and Autumn for those who would like to make their own. Please enquire.
Complete with top board, removable base membrane and insulation.
Log hives can also be fitted with wooden legs and straw Hackle as shown with the freedom hive
I do get batches of gouges made by a highly skilled blacksmith. These are beautiful handmade tools, fitted with a steel and Ash handle.
They cost £160 each plus £30 post and packaging in the UK.
Please inquire at email@example.com for availability
The Golden Hive
After successfully testing a new design of Golden hive with cork insulation, I will be supplying a new version for 2019 using 40mm cork panels.
Pictures and prices for a complete unit will be online shortly.