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TROIBOX

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WHERE DO YOU GET THE BEES?

  1. I don't sell bees at this stage, I only make the empty boxes for you.

  2. Respect Nature and don't take what is not necessary. Leave wild healthy hives alone.

  3. You can find a native bee hive in need of rescue only if it has been dislodged on the ground, i.e. struck by lightning, accidentally felled for firewood or pestilence is threatening.

  4. Purchase a Troibox Induction Hive with a Troibox attractant and place in the path of a mother hive.

  5. Find a friend who has a healthy hive and split with them into your own Troibox Hive. (Any time except for the last two weeks of Autumn through to the first two weeks of Spring). A hive should not be opened up and exposed to cold air.

  6. Purchase an established colony from your local supplier and do your best to get em into a Troibox Hive.

  7. Scout your property for an out of place hive, such as under concrete,under chicken coops, power meter boxes, water meter boxes, rotting organic matter etc. Transfer into a Troibox Hive.

WHERE SHOULD I POSITION MY HIVE?

  1. Native bees use the sun for navigation, position your hive with the entrance hole facing North/East in a location that has full shade by midday in Summer.

  2. Ensure that the two drainage vent holes on the underside of the hive are not covered.

  3. Elevation should be off the ground.

  4. Set your hive in a location free from the disturbances of children and pets.

  5. If your hive is White you have added weather protection from rain and heat. The Walnut hive is best positioned under the cover of a greenhouse or awning. The unpainted hive should be positioned away from all weather disturbances unless you paint it according to your environment.

WHAT ARE THE MEASUREMENTS OF A TROIBOX HIVE?

  1. Troibox is an OATH Hive. Standard 280mm L x 200mm W x 100mm D on each chamber with a standing hight of approximately 350mm H

  2. The lower brood chamber has a floor that measures 300mm L x 200mm W x 25mm H with front and back walls measuring 200mm L x 50mm W x 100mm H and side walls measuring 200mm L x 100mm H x 25mm W.

  3. The middle brood chamber has a routed log hole mimic plate with a 100mm brood hole and arched gateways between chambers. With front and back walls measuring 200mm L x 50mm W x 100mm H and side walls measuring 200mm L x 100mm H x 25mm W. A cap plate is in place to prevent honey spillage when removing the honey super.

  4. The Honey super also has a cap plate to prevent honey spillage and has front and back walls measuring 200mm L x 50mm W x 100mm H and side walls measuring 200mm L x 100mm H x 25mm W. A clear Lexan viewing panel reveals the mystery of bee honey storage and is routed in as a weatherproofing lid.

  5. The lid is approximately 350mm L x 250mm W x 25mm H

WHAT DO YOU CONSTRUCT YOUR BOXES FROM?

Northern Cyprus

Click on this link to view a fact sheet on Northern Cyprus Wood Properties

Some Key Points

  1. Durability above ground, life expectancy over 40 years

  2. Not susceptible to Lyctine

  3. Resistant to subterranean termites

  4. Will readily accept paint, stain and polish

  5. A noted use is beehive construction

3mm plywood tier separators

Clear Lexan Viewing Panel

Gorilla Glue

Brad Nails

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DO YOU GET ANY HONEY?

Yes, you will expect to harvest up to 700ml of native honey per year.

Providing your Troibox bee hive has all three tiers in place and the bees have had a good year pollinating flowers, then any honey in the honey super is excess to their needs.

To harvest Troibox Honey you will need to remove the honey super from the hive and pierce the honey pots and strain into an appropriate container.

Clean out the honey super of all organic material and place near hive for the bees to reuse. Heat treat the honey super and return to the hive or discard and purchase a replacement Troibox honey super.

HOW DO I CARE FOR MY TROIBOX HIVE?

Native bees take care of themselves and need very little attention providing that you have taken some hive maintenance measures, to fortify against weather and pests. These include:

  1. Paint your Troibox Hive and refresh with one coat once every two years.

  2. Never expose an open hive to cold air.

  3. If your hive is newly colonized ensure all partitions are sealed with a clear packing tape for two weeks while the bees seal up with their resin.

  4. Keep drainage vent holes unobstructed.

  5. Protect your Troibox Hive against weather that is below 4 degrees Celsius and above 38 degrees Celsius. Insulate the hive with a blanket in cold temperature. Humidify the area with a garden hose in hot temperatures.

  6. Ensure no tree or shrub branches form a bridge for ants to your Troibox beehive. Spent engine oil is recycled to form a barrier on stake posts to prevent ants climbing up. Keep cob webs away.

 

By following these basic guidelines, you give your Troibox Hive the best chance at a happy life.