|Before: with 1x12 pine. The red is propolis* left from the|
first colony of honeybees.
The wood on the sides needs to be thicker. I learned that after the first colony of bees didn't make it through the winter nearly a year and a half ago. We think it was the cold. 1 x 12" pine lumber may not insulate enough to keep the bees alive when the temperatures really drop.
|Cozy and clean and ready for a swarm|
|Top bars in place.|
*Propolis is made by honey bees from tree buds, saps or other plant sources. The bees use it to seal all the cracks in the hive. They also strengthen the edges of the wax honeycomb with propolis making it strong enough to be "walked on" by all the hundreds of bees as they bring in the nectar. Propolis is also an antimicrobial, dental antiplaque agent, and an antitumor growth agent. In addition propolis can reduce by half the damage caused to chromosomes by ionizing radiation. Wikipedia