Spring is here now though which means things really start 'buzzing' again and with plenty of O.S.R. (Oil Seed Rape) crops around me there is plenty for the bees to feast on. All the available food means the you have to think about where your bees are going to store it. For more stores you need more 'supers', for more 'supers' you need more frames. So of course I set to frame building.
We were shown how to do this on the course I attended last year but when it came to me having to make one myself last August it took me nearly an hour to build one...luckily I got quicker which is just as well as for my brood box and my supers to be filled I needed to make another 54 frames.
It's easier to show what you have to do in pictures......
You can purchase frames ready made but it is more expensive and you don't get that chance to hit things hard with a hammer...now where's the fun in that!! I like to get all my materials' laid out and set myself up a little assembly line as I find this the quickest and most efficient way.
So once you have everything in place you can get cracking........
|Take what will be your top bar |
and split off one side.
|Now you have a top bar with a piece of wood |
that you will put back and nail in place later
|Take your two side bars and push into place. |
Use 4 pins to secure these in place.
|Get a sheet of wired beeswax|
|Put wired beeswax in frame bending wires, |
place the strip of wood you removed back
and nail with 3 pins where wires
are folded over.
|Now take your bottom bars and |
place in groves to complete
your frame. Secure with 4 pins.
|And there you have your completed frame.|
I can now make up about 10 frames an hour.
|Here we have one each of completed super |
and deep brood frames.
Now I do realise that putting this up could pose a whole lot of questions which I would love to answer...but then again there is the possibility that none of you are really interested in which case you will ask no questions and I won't have waffled on about bees for ever and a day and bored you all to tears. So if you have questions let me know...I will be happy to do a follow up post...if not it's fine and I can be happy knowing that I haven't sent anyone to sleep as they only had to look at a few photos!!