I am starting to design my hive stand and the final touches for the hive. I am toying with adding additional features. I have decided to replicate the base design found here (http://thumbs1.ebaystatic.com/d/l225/m/mdM5_OOnHOweLEQ9pUPd7_g.jpg).
Below is a list of features I might add:
- A rack to hold frames while I am working with the hive (http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-oJ38CzRuevw/T0TxOJVXq8I/AAAAAAAAAqg/BXzMs2aSPLg/s1600/Hivestand3.jpg)
- A shelf to hold honey jars (like Cedar has on his hive)
- A metal tray that can hold oil to catch small hive beetles (SHB) (It seems there is consensus on the internet that this does an amazing job controlling SHB)
- Putting feet of hive stand in water to keep ants out (http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-zjmpxHlTFNQ/T0TxCsWqVtI/AAAAAAAAAqY/gtiXRCco25w/s1600/Hivestand2.jpg)
- What do you all think about these features?
- Are there any other features I should or could add?
- Is there anything I can add to help control mites/moths/mice/rats/skunks/raccoons/dogs (i live in central Texas, so no concerns about bears)?
- Has anyone had any success fitting an oil tray to the bottom board that comes with the hive kit?
- Does anyone have problems with ants getting into their hive (we have fire ants and other types of ants where I live), enough to warrant using water to eliminate the possibility? Does the water attract other critters making the problem worse? I was thinking about have the water at the feed be dual purpose, ant protection and and a watering hole for the bees? What about mosquito larvae growing in the water?
- How difficult it is to add features to the hive after the bees have already taken up residence? Do they freak out if you start drilling into their home?
- Any considerations I should make when decided how high off the ground to make the hive?