The Power Of Bulk Purchase
Yorkshire Beekeepers saved £4000.00 buying these 400 polystyrene nucs
YBKA Purchasing Officer, Paul Winder, demonstrates the buying power of the largest beekeeping association in the UK.
All YBKA districts were invited to ask their members if they wanted to buy any of these nucs at £19.00 – £10.00 less than the list price. In total we purchased 400 of these nucs for members.
Polystyrene is a great material for bee hives. Its lightweight, cost effective and when properly looked after will last 20+ years. So, how do you give your poly hive or poly nuc box the best life you can. Painting Although you don’t need to paint polystyrene hive parts, like the wooden equivalent, they will last much longer if you do. A Natural hive paint, based of Silicium, gives a rough surface that makes it easy for the bees to climb on and has natural anti-fungicide properties to it. Alternatively, masonry paints or even the cuprinol shades can also be used. Painting the inside of the feeder is also recommended, especially if you are going to be using it for weak sugar syrup. If you are using paint other than the polystyrene paint, make sure the finished surface is roughened to aid the bees in climbing.
The hives are best cleaned with a solution of washing soda. This will dissolve propolis and clean off any dirt etc. Be careful trying to remove propolis and wax with the hive tool, as it will dig into the polystyrene if the tool is not kept flat. Sterilisation of the hive can be carried out with a solution of household bleach, normally a 10% solution is recommended. Virkon S, obtainable from farm suppliers and some vets is also a very good cleaning liquid. Wear suitable protection, including eye protection, when cleaning your hive
Identifying Your Hive
Now that Yorkshire is due to be covered with 400 identical polystyrene nucleus hives it is fairly important that we can identify who owns which hive. The easiest way is to use a permanent marker to write your name and postcode on each individual section of the hive.