This page has a collection of items from Texas and
elsewhere. Hope this gives you an idea or two.
This mouse-guard entrance reducer keeps Mickey, Mighty and Topo Gigio out of the
hive. It's made from a board with 3/8 inch or 1/2 inch wire cloth stapled to it. It also
reduces winter winds.
The moving screen (right) allows plenty of airflow when moving colonies. Not shown is a
companion wood-framed screen cover that is useful in the summer months, and doubles as a
screened split board.
This two person hive lifter makes moving most colonies
easy. Less squatting, less back strain, and allows a good, firm
grip on hives.
A split board (not shown) is similar to an inner cover with no hole in the middle. It provides a small
entrance for the bees above the split board. When placed between hive bodies, it effectively splits one
colony into two. I find split boards helpful for hatching queen cells and raising a few queens when I find
swarm cells in my best colonies.
Just put the large opening (see on thumb at right) over the
queen and a cage on the long end, and she will walk down the tube and into the
cage. From Poland.
This swarm basket can be placed on the end of a
pole. It is placed under a swarm that has clustered on a tree branch, and
shaken against the branch so the bees fall into the basket. The bees are
then poured into a hive. From Romania.
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