Specialty Woodenware
There are a number of hive components that don't always stay on the hive, but that doesn't make them any less valuable. See below for some of our specialty items.
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Escape Board: This is placed under a honey super that you want to harvest, a day or two before harvest time. It's essentially a bee maze - they can find their way out of the super, into the brood box below (the bees spend the night in the brood boxes), but can't get back up into the super the next day. So when you come along a day or so later, all the bees have left the honey super and you don't have to brush them away. No stinky chemicals needed! Just don't leave it on for more than about two days, as the bees are unable to defend it against robbers or other animals attracted to the honey. It's also important that your escape board fits snugly with no entrances for ants or other insects to get in. $35
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Double-Screen Board (aka Snelgrove board): This is a board with screen that separates two boxes of bees. Each side has both an upper and lower entrance, so you can use it to split a strong hive into two colonies, without having to move boxes and use additional bottom boards, inner covers and outer covers. It can also be used to introduce new queens, and perform a variety of other tasks. A great way to create nucs or split hives into two colonies without having to immediately invest in additional hardware such as bottom boards, inner covers and outer covers. $40
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Hive-top Feeder: This is a 'Miller-Style' hive-top feeder, made from pine or cedar and mahogany plywood. We have improved the design slightly to virtually eliminate drowning bees by adding a 'bee-ladder', plus a secondary screen that prevents the bees from accesing the main syrup reservoir. It also allows you to add syrup without bees coming out to say hi! Two coats of marine epoxy coating ensures water-tight reservoirs that are safe for the bees, and allow easy cleaning. Further, we have used screws instead of staples, so the screens can be easily removed, allowing access for a more thorough annual cleaning, if required. Holds over 2 gallons (8 litres) of sugar syrup! $50 / $70 (Cedar)


These are just a few examples. If there are any other parts you'd like us to build, just ask - we're always happy to help!