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July 27, 2019

In the Writing Mode Again

Reason for not writing is that I am a Procrastinator. I really have no excuses other than I have been out of the bee business for about six years or so. And on top of that, my computer went down and I had to bury it.

I finally broke down and bought another one and had to wait for my son (my Computer Guru) to come and install the desktop and transfer all my data and stuff to the hard drive. I now have Windows 10 and I have to get acquainted with a new system and new ways of finding what I want to work on.

I found a new type of hive. It is called an Apimaye hive. It is a plastic hive that has a sandwiched Styrofoam like substance, “With the R value 6.93, Apimaye Thermo Bee Hives are more than 6 times more heat insulating than wooden hives.” (Direct quote from the Mesa, AZ warehouse proprietor.) It is supposed to keep the internal temperature warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. I don’t know how long it has been out but at least three to five years here in the US. The Apimaye is manufactured in Turkey.

They have a warehouse in Mesa, AZ. That is where I got my hive from. It has the same dimensions of the Langstroth hives. The wooden frames and boxes will work with the Apimaye hive.

The pros for this hive is it will last indefinitely and will not rot. To clean the boxes, use soap and water. You can sterilize the boxes with chlorine. You do not have to paint the hive as it is made of white or tan plastic. The Boxes will come from together, but it will take a severe crash to do that. And the last thing I can think of at the moment is the bees won’t have to eat as much honey to keep warm in the winter and not have to eat honey to cool the place down in the summer.

The Cons are the weight is a little on the heavy side empty. The price is on the expensive end and to offset this expense, you only have to buy it one time and not have to replace the hive ever unless you run over it with your truck or forklift.

I think that this will be a good hive. As I said, I will be experimenting with this hive, maybe getting another one as I keep telling newbies that they need at least two hives to start with. Reason is that with two hives, you can compare the hives against each other and if one gets weak, you can strengthen it up be taking a frame of capped brood with all the bees clinging to it from the strong hive and put it in the weak hive.

That is all for now. Remember – Keep your veil handy, your smoker lit, and your hive tool sharp.

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