While the bees are busy making honey, I’ve been working on cleaning up old hives. A while back I was given some old beehives. They were in disrepair, needing to be painted and cleaned up. Finally some of them are complete. Here are the before and after photos.
These old hives had been out in a backyard heap for the past 15 years. They contained old honeycomb, spiders and mold. The old comb was removed from the frames. The boxes and frames have been power washed, sanded and then lightly torched. The outside of the boxes were painted. All that is left now is inserting the new plasticel into the old frames. Hopefully the bees will soon need to expand into some new deeps and supers.