Well I just got back this last Sunday a couple days short on account I picked up a nasty chest cold. But I did make it out to the west side of Wyoming to buy bee boxes made of poplar. Here’s my question first and then a bit of explanation on boxes I bought for those interested and the makers policy as dictated to me. Question is in regards to diastance one is willing to travel to hives. Since I got back two rancher friends of mine have asked me to place hives on their property. Both are quite a distance from me. One never has had hives and the other hasn’t had hives in over 20 years. The one that never has lives some 50 miles away and the other is about 30. Since there areas are farmland with good water, no pesticides in use, and relatively low in even wild bees I’m seriously thinking of putting a few hives on each just because I can, and I know and trust these people. Distance is a factor because the 50 miles away is almost opposite and in another state which that state has great tasting clover every season, but it’s a further drive which mean less attention to the bees except during critical times. I think mostly if I give the bees 3 brood boxes each there is less likey a worry of them taking flight elsewhere and I can just go get the honey and call it good. I’m looking for good honest knowledgable comments. I am not doing this as a hobby and as I expand my business it seems to me to get as much ground covered as allowed. Comments??
Next item is the boxes I got. Made of poplar, well cut to exact demisions for a 10 frame box. Dovetail joints, glued and screwed together. Poplar is a nice white wood, but one thing I noticed as soon as I got them home was a small bug trying to make a home, so the first thing I’m going to do is scorch the inside of them before painting them. Then some of the wood had the thinnest splits in wood where screwed so I’ll have to spackle outside, bees will take care of inside themselves. Then I will coat in an exterior primer on outside only. Then to apply at least two coats. of white paint. After which they will winter in storage that will see below zero temps on many occassions so I will double security in any harmful bugs that might have been in wood. Second issue is that the maker of these boxes told me I was his last order for the year. I suppose he might take orders but that’s just an opinion of mine for the coming up year but he said he is done making boxes for the year. His cost are half of what I had been paying at rancher supply stores, so that is a plus for me. I got tops, inner boards, deeps, bottom boards, bases and stands. His stands are set up so that if you have ant problems you can create a small pond of oil and water so ants can’t climb your hive. Here in Wyoming ants haven’t been a problem for me, but I’d imagine in the southern section of the US sugar ants might pose a threat. A drawback for someone of distance is this maker of boxes will not deliver. You have to go get them, but for me that was okay. I saved a ton of money and since humidity is low here I think the boxes as long as I keep them painted and in good condition I shouldn’t have any problems. However another friend in the business wound up in his order of boxes with about 100 too many which are butt jointed pine boxes. All are painted in 1 coat so would need another coat but with no foundations in them for sale as well. So because they are closer I will get them as I’m going to be needing more rather quickly.