July 02, 2014

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Did Pesticides or Starvation Kill Those Bees?

Dead bees on a bottom board

Almost two weeks ago on the sunny morning of June 19th I visited Dena Rash Guzman's beautiful 60 acre organic farm where she keeps, among other things, her honey bees that make up Lusted Road Honey Company. I was there to aid in the inspection of her colonies housed in a variety of hive designs -- Langstroth, Warre and horizontal top bar hives. She told me she was particularly concerned about the Warre hive, as in the past day or so she's seen a tremendous number of dead bees suddenly appear on the bottom board. 

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June 21, 2013

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Cedar Bee Hives - Langstroth

They've been a long time in the making, but we finally finished the first batch of cedar Langstroth hives. They are constructed from the same wonderful kiln dried Western Red Cedar used on the rest of our hives. Boxes available in shallowmedium and deep in both 8-frame and 10-frame configurations. Cedar hive kits with a roofinner cover and either solid or screened bottom are also available. All hives boxes and cedar hive kits include FREE SHIPPING to the contiguous 48 states!

Cedar Hive Kit with Medium Boxes - Starting At $144.99

Cedar Medium Hive Kit
Cedar Hive Kit - Medium Boxes

Deep Box - Starting at $36.99

Cedar Deep Box
Cedar Hive Body - Deep

Medium Box - Starting at $32.99

Cedar Medium Box
Cedar Hive Super - Medium

Shallow Box - Starting at $29.99

Cedar Shallow Box
Cedar Hive Super - Shallow
August 23, 2012

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Quilt Box Effect on Hive

What is a quilt box? is one of the most common questions we receive. It is essentially a small box with burlap or screen on the bottom, filled with sawdust, cedar shavings or some other organic material. The box sets on top of the topmost box the bees inhabit and is said to "absorb moisture" and "retain the nest scent and heat." But does it?

A customer of ours recently gathered some data on this very subject by using temperature sensors in his identical Langstroth hives. He added a quilt box to one of them, and left the other one untouched. Here are the identical hives:

Langstroth Hive Quilt Box

Here is the quilt box:

Langstroth Quilt Box

Here is the data he gathered:

Quilt Box Results

Note that the temperature fluctuates far less on Hegemone (the hive to which the quilt box was added).

In the next week he plans to add a solid bottom to one of the hives to see what impact it has on the temperature.