This journey began long ago and the road has stretched out longer than we might have guessed. In the beginning, we were simply looking for a box into which we could put a swarm (if we were able to catch one).
The fun accelerated when we were able to figure out a box which might actually work, and put bees inside.
Next came the fun part, how to get more of these built, enough to test them in Spring of ’22. I thought I’d be good at this, but as simple as it seemed, no one came through and built parts as they’d promised (even when sent hundreds of dollars). I set off to get my boxes and use the local lumber company for parts.
To overcome the cutting errors, we dug up my skill-saw table and went to cutting plywood.
So at the moment we have boxes in 5 states with 3 in MN. Not where I’d like to be, but a good test.
We’ll keep you posted on how they shake out. Hopefully we will get at least a handful more when we get some frames built.