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Native bee hives or OATHs

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Native bee hives or OATHs

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Re: native bee hives. or OATHs

Many thanks for sharing @cadsman. Can you tell us how you make the hives?

 

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Re: native bee hives. or OATHs

Based on the OATH principal from plans on the web. Used 35mm thick pine (90x35 and 70x35 F12 studs and 50 thick pine sleepers from Bunnings, all planed and thicknessed).

Mitred corners and stainless steel screws for fixings. Propolis smear for attractant and strapping from the B store.

Mini orb roofing and painted ply supports. Just sold one for $20, enough to cover cost of materials.😄

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Re: native bee hives. or OATHs

@cadsman Great project! Can I ask, as someone whom makes solitary beehouses, I often get questioned about the use of treated pine from the pallets I make them from. Do you have any concerns about the use?

 


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Re: native bee hives. or OATHs

Two things Mitchell, i would not use any treated timber for native bee hives. I have been told by the experts at a seminar on the tiny ones. 

I also would not use pine any thinner than 35mm thick. To use less won't provide the temperature insulation they require to be happy. Just what I've learnt from some very experienced others. 

Cheers, IanK.

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