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Hive Parts

In 1853, the Rev. L.L. Langstroth published a book that describes the use of the bee hive as we know it today. The Langstroth bee hive is now the standard bee hive used in many parts of the world. The true innovation of the Langstroth hive was the creation of “bee space” within the hive. Langstroth recognized that bees failed to build burr comb between a space of one-fourth to three-eighths of an inch. If the space was too small the bees would glue it up. And if the area was too large the bees would build comb into the space. Therefore, beekeepers must use equipment that recognizes this natural habit of the bees. If this “bee space” is violated, the bees will cement everything together and removal of frames and boxes will be very difficult. Turns out even bees need a little “elbow room”!!

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  1. Insert for Hive Top Feeder

    Insert for Hive Top Feeder

    This insert is made to fit in your hive top feeder. Hive Top Feeders are sold separately (PM0216T). Available in two sizes.
    $22.99
  2. Hive Top Feeder

    Hive Top Feeder

    This hive top feeder holds up to four gallons of syrup and features a galvanized steel safety screen to prevent bees from drowning. Because it’s made of one piece of heavy-duty plastic, the reservoir will not leak. Additional inserts are sold separately (PM0216TI and PM0216EI). Available in two sizes.
    $34.99
  3. Migratory Cover

    Migratory Cover

    Commercial beekeepers often prefer the migratory cover, which is a solid cover that does not extend beyond the sides of a hive body. This makes it easy to stack the hives side by side. It is made of 3/4” thick Cypress lumber. Available in two sizes and comes assembled or unassembled. If you select “assembled,” please note that it will take 2-3 days to assemble before item ships.

    $15.99
  4. Crimp-Wire Foundation

    Crimp-Wire Foundation

    Our crimp wire foundation is made from 100% beeswax, making it a more natural alternative for your bees. The steel wires run vertically through the foundation to provide strength throughout the sheet, which is important for extraction. Available in three sizes. Call the store for prices when ordering more than 50.
    $1.39
  5. Crimp-Wire Small Cell Foundation

    Crimp-Wire Small Cell Foundation

    This crimp wire foundation is made from 100% beeswax, making it a more natural alternative for your bees. Unlike "regular" crimp wire foundation that has 5.4mm cells, this foundation has 4.9mm cells. This smaller cell size allows for over 20% more cells per frame and is believed to help provide resistance to tracheal and Varroa mites. Available in two sizes. Call the store for prices when ordering more than 50.
    $1.59
  6. Cut Comb Foundation

    Cut Comb Foundation

    Cut comb foundation is great for people who want to use the comb in their honey jars. It is very thin so that you can ensure the honeycomb you cut off actually comes from your bees. We do not recommend using this foundation in an extractor. Available in two sizes. Call the store for prices when ordering more than 50.
    $0.99
  7. Plastic Foundation

    Plastic Foundation

    This is considered "the best" plastic foundation -- injected molded plastic with a wax coating and a raised cell sheet. Available in two sizes. Call the store for prices when ordering more than 50.
    $1.69
  8. Manual Foundation Machine

    Manual Foundation Machine

    Our beeswax foundation machine allows you to imprint your own foundation, making it easy to reuse your beeswax. Makes a standard honeycomb pattern. Manual.
    $699.99
  9. Drone Comb Frame

    Drone Comb Frame

    Varroa mites are known to be attracted to drone brood more than worker brood. The Drone Comb Frames are green and the foundation features a larger cell pattern encouraging the bees to build drone comb. If you prefer to avoid chemicals, just place one of these frames in your hive, remove it once the drone brood is capped, then freeze it to kill any mites trapped inside. Scrape off the cappings, place the frame back into the hive and let the workers clean it and prepare it for reuse. We suggest you purchase two so that you will always have one available to use in the hive while the other is in the freezer. Available in two sizes.
    $3.99
  10. One-Piece Black Plastic Frame

    One-Piece Black Plastic Frame

    Just like the yellow one-piece plastic frame, this black frame comes molded together, giving you a long-lasting, sturdy unit. No assembly required!

    Available only in the 9-1/8" size.

    $4.00
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