Hive Boa constrictor: dimensions and drawings, how to do it yourself

Hive Boa constrictor: dimensions and drawings, how to do it yourself

Multi-hull bee houses come in different types. For example, a hive called "Boa constrictor" was invented by beekeeper Vladimir Davydov and is valued by beekeepers due to its small size and low weight. It will be useful for beginners to familiarize themselves with the advantages and disadvantages of such a dwelling, the features of use, the possibilities for assembling at home (drawings, nuances, recommendations).

General Description

The weight and size of such bee houses are the determining factors. However, in Russian apiaries, such structures are rare. Features:

  • small-format type of bee dwelling;
  • honeycomb frames are installed inside. Attention! Sotoramaki differ from the usual dadanovskih framework. In size, such elements are almost a quarter smaller - 28 cm by 11 cm. These are suitable for small families;
  • when installing, the foundation will need to be cut into four equal parts, after which it will be possible to insert the boa “weave”.

In the assembly process, you can refuse to use wire, which sometimes has a negative effect on wood (rust, deformation, sagging).

Pros and cons

The advantages of this type of bee dwellings include the following:

  • light weight design (even with honey);
  • small size (bees occupy this area faster);
  • no additional insulation in the form of pillows is required (bees form their own microclimate inside, so there is no liner);
  • no cores required - queens can be bred in the nest;
  • lower tray allows you to collect debris and dead insects, as well as dead mites left after processing.

Attention! There will be no problems with the collection of honey - small sections of the multi-hull house are removed and removed. In this case, two honeycomb frames are placed simultaneously in one honey extractor.

There are no significant design flaws. Dwellings of the "Boa" type can be unstable - it is necessary to install 8-10 buildings in height. The main nest is based not in one or two sections, but in four or five. Another feature - you will need a lot of parts and elements during assembly.

Dimensions and drawings

For the preparation of parts, you need to use ready-made drawings, where you need to take into account the following dimensions:

  • section walls (front, side) should be 37.5 cm long, 13.5 cm high, 3 cm thick;
  • sidewalls - length 34 cm, height 13.5 cm and thickness 3 cm;
  • bottom assembled separately - front and back 37.5 cm, height 9 cm, 3 cm thick; harness is 34 cm long, 9 cm high and also 3 cm thick.

Attention! It will be necessary to prepare a large number of folds and grooves: from the bottom inside (1.5 cm by 2 cm), at the top, from the outer and inner sides (1.5 cm by 1.1 cm), from the sides (2 cm by 2 cm).

It is important to prepare the right number of parts and elements in advance to simplify the process of assembling the desired design. Learn more about hive sizes.

Features of use

The content of insects in hives of the "Boa" type practically does not differ from the process of breeding bees in other variants of bee dwellings. Some nuances:

  • at the time of rearranging the cases, the microclimate inside remains practically unchanged, which is especially important in spring weather;
  • no more than five buildings are left in the winter hut;
  • in the spring, the pull-out part of the tray is removed, garbage is removed (you can replace the element with a new one if disinfection is planned at another time);
  • after 7-10 days after the first summer, you need to install a section of an additional body with foundation placed inside (a metal grate is placed under it), after which the sections are set in the standard order.

Expansion is necessary to prevent the swarming process of insects. During the summer, you need to check the lower "floors", periodically remove blocks that are empty or filled with bee bread. Features of keeping bees in such buildings are presented in the following video.

How to DIY

Bee hives of the "Boa" type can be purchased at the store or made by yourself. For assembly, you need to prepare a workplace, materials, drawings and tools. Features:

  • for construction it is necessary to take a natural tree (for example, linden, aspen - without extraneous impregnations and impurities);
  • prepare parts in accordance with the drawings (make markings, sawing and grinding elements);
  • assembly of parts starts from the bottom;
  • you need to decide in advance on the number of cases for the hive;
  • at each stage, you need to check the joints - there should be no distortions, cracks (in this case, you need to treat the places with glue or coat with putty).

It is not required to leave a hole with a diameter of 1.3 cm in the front part - this is a notch for bees, which will also need to make a plug (to close and open the notch). On the sides, you also need to leave recesses for carrying beehives.

Bee houses "Boa constrictor" are not so common (as, for example, Dadanov's). The cases are small, the frames are smaller than the standard options. Dwellings of this design have several advantages (light weight, multiple buildings, easy to carry).

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