We will be placing an order for equipment and as a courtesy to our customers we are happy to order equipment for you (and assemble and/or paint if you’d like). Orders are for pickup in Loveland or Parker Colorado only, and will be at the same time as your bee pickup unless arranged separately in advance.
Our recommended configuration for the first year is the complete 3-deep hive kit. This setup includes a screened bottom board, a slatted rack and a notched inner cover for overwintering your bees in Colorado.
Recommended 3 Deep Hive Setup
If you are looking for individual hive components, we have some of our most frequently used equipment available to add to our order. If you request assembly or construction we will be happy to do that for you, just select those options when you order. Equipment will be available for pickup with your bees. If you are ordering unassembled/unpainted equipment that you need to prepare before picking up your bees, please contact us to arrange a time for pickup.
We are ordering equipment from Mann Lake and reselling it at the standard rates for our local bee customers. You can see the bee equipment available for preorder in our shop.
All bee equipment must be picked up with your bees in Loveland, CO, unless you order unassembled equipment which you need beforehand. In that case we can arrange a separate pickup for you. We are not able to ship or deliver equipment, except in cases where we have already agreed to local delivery.
If you want your equipment ready to go when you pick up your bees, we can assemble equipment for you, as well as paint or naturally stain & seal if you prefer. Prices for the various options are located in our shop. We use non-rusting box nails to assemble equipment, as opposed to the staples in standard Mann Lake pre-assembled boxes.
Unpainted boxes should be painted and sealed and allowed to dry completely and sit for an appropriate amount of time based on the coating before bees are installed. If you require assembled, unpainted equipment before you pick up your bees just let us know and we can arrange a contactless pickup for you.
White paint is a popular choice for bee boxes. We use several coats of non-toxic, livestock-safe barn paint.
Naturally Hand-Stained & Sealed
Our naturally stained and sealed bee boxes are a beautiful with their completely natural bee-friendly finish. We use natural vegetables and spices to color the wood by hand, and seal it with boiled linseed (flax seed) oil & beeswax. The result is a warm, natural beehive protected from the elements.
Colors – Premium Exterior Paint
Our signature pink, yellow, blue and green boxes are painted with premium exterior paint with a matte finish. They are painted by hand with multiple coats to ensure a long life in the yard.