Finally found the time to get my hives done. I've had plenty of time to read, study, and ask questions on the forums so I feel really good about my setup.
I wanted the hives to be something besides white. I also want my girls to have ownership in the project so I let them loose with the brushes. The best helpers around!
I'm really excited about these hives. Counting paint I have about $40.00 each in them. If I hadn't been so picky I could have built them out of scrap but I wanted my first hives to have that something extra.
You can see in the pictures below my basic setup. I have an electric fence to keep the bears out. I am also setup to have a top entrance or I can use a bottom entrance with the holes. I don't have my bars in yet so the lid fits flush.
This is the view through my biggest blueberry bush. I know they are not the bees favorite but I have visions of thousands of bees pollinating my fruits and vegetables. I should have my bees by this weekend and bee a beekeeper for real!