We'll knock together an 8-frame Langstroth starter hive including a brood box and frames, an inner and outer cover, and reversible bottom board. Then we'll build a second, screened, bottom board as part of our pest control strategy. More compact than a conventional hive, this 8-frame is perfect for urban environments where space is at a premium. Because it's lighter, it's a better choice for rooftop apiaries where weight restrictions can be a consideration. And lifting is easier on the back.
Did you know honeybees are more likely to die from moisture inside the hive than from the winter cold? As part of this morning workshop, participants will also start to build a humidity box for their urban beehives. Sometimes called a ventilation box or a quilt, this addition will wick away moisture from inside the hive. It also acts as an excellent insulator during very cold or very hot weather, and holes drilled in the sides facilitate good ventilation, an important feature of a healthy hive.
Please note that in addition to the course fee there is an additional materials cost of $150.00.
All courses will be run out of the Centre for Urban Ecology at the Humber Arboretum.