Hive prep

Preparing hives

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Blackening the inside

By burning leaves and grass inside the new hive it makes for a more natural environment for the bees and loses that new wood smell.

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Baiting with propolis while the wood is still hot helps the propolis penetrate the wood.  Hopefully attracting more bees, we also added a few drops of lemon grass oil.

Hives were also painted to protect the wood and set in place in the apiary.

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