Apimaye Product Manuals

Here you can find the information about how to set up and use Apimaye beekeeping products. Should you have any questions, feel free to contact us through email. We are here to help

Ergo Hive Set

Bottom Board for Wooden Beehives

Unboxing Ergo Hive Set

Both Apimaye Ergo Hive Sets -with or without the frame- come in the same heavy duty Apimaye box.

If you bought the Apimaye Ergo Hive Set without the Handy Frames, then all your latches will most likely be latched and you need to unlatch them before pulling out. There are a total of 4 latches. 2 for latching the hive top cover to the super, and 2 for latching the super to the brood box.

On one side of the box you’ll see the division board and the foam pad, and on the other side you’ll see the queen excluder. In the center, there’s the hive body.

Box contents Apimaye bee hive package

  1. First, take the division board and the foam pad out.
  2. Then pull the queen excluder out.

3a. If you bought the Complete Ergo Set with Handy Frames then your latches should be unlatched. You can just take the hive cover out.

3b. If you bought the Complete Ergo Set without the frames, then the whole hive body is latched. You can pull it out entirely (IT’S MORE THAN 40 POUNDS, SO IT’S HEAVY!!!) from the handles on the sides, or can unlatch it from the sides and continue the same unboxing operation explained below (SUGGESTED). If you choose to pull it out entirely please follow safe lifting procedures.

  1. Take the top feeder out (We’ll be giving instructions about it later in this page)
  2. And then the super (with or without the frames)
  3. And finally the brood box and the bottom board.

Optional: There is a custom made wooden pallet at the bottom that can be flipped upside down to make a hive stand.

Setting Up Ergo Beehive Set

Below you see the contents of a Complete Apimaye Beehive Set with Handy Frames. For routine single hive beekeeping operations, you would not need the division board shown in top left here. We will talk about it later in its own section.

Just stack the the items in reverse unboxing order.

  1. Have the brood box at the bottom, place the frames, and the frame spaceres like shown in picture above.

Optional: If using the queen excluder then put the queen excluder on top. Make sure its spacing pins are facing down. These pins are unique to the Apimaye queen excluder and provides ample space for bees to crawl under.

  1. Place the super on top and latch to the brood box.

2a. If using the queen excluder, then latch to the bottom slot of the latch on the super.

2b. If not using the queen excluder, then latch to the top slot of the latch on the super.

  1. If you have additional Apimaye supers or medium supers, stack them and latch them the same way.
  2. Place the top feeder and the hive top cover at the end and latch the hive top cover to the super the same way described above.

Note: The latches should be easy to latch, but snug when latching is completed. If you find one of the latches to be not reaching the proper slot, make sure you are using the correct slot on the that latch and the other latch. If the super or the top cover feels loose, use the other latch.


Using the Bottom Board

The basic operation for the built in screened bottom board and the Bottom Board for Wooden Hives (Bottom Board G) is the same. We have the setup instructions for Bottom Board G here.

The bottom board is mounted on the brood box. The entire bottom part of the bottom board is screened. There is a built in pollen trap at the center (a). When you pull the bottom tray (d) from the back, you’ll see the pollen drawer (b) and the red plug adapter (c).

For Pollen Harvesting:

When you want to collect pollen, make sure the pollen trap (a) is inserted all the way in, and the pollen drawer (b) is mounted on its slot on the bottom tray (d).  To harvest the pollen collected, pull the bottom tray (d) out and you’ll see the freshly collected pollen on the drawer (b) waiting for you. The trap (a) is designed to not injure the bees during the process. Since you’ll be harvesting it from behind the hive, you’ll not be disturbing any normal operations of the hive.

To Stop Pollen Harvesting:

Pull the pollen trap  (a) back roughly about 2 inches. You’d feel the resistance. When you pull it too much you’ll see the notched line on the trap, just push it back until you don’t see it. This would disable the trap and the bees would climb up to the hive with the pollen on their legs. We would still suggest you take the entire pollen trap when not using.


For Full Screened Bottom Operation:

Take the pollen drawer (b) out and pull the pollen trap (a) out entirely from the back. Plug the red plug (c) to the same slot. This is to seal the slot.

Before putting the bottom tray (d) back, apply some petroleum jelly or put sticky pads on. Put the tray back in.

Using the Top Feeder

The top feeder assembly consists of 6 different pieces:

  • 1 Feeder top with yellow handles
  • 1 Feeder tank
  • 4 Adjustable feed slot covers

To reach the feeder you need to remove the hive top cover first by unlatching it from both sides.

To fill the feeder:

  1. Remove the feeder top by holding from the center
  2. Add the feed (syrup or candy)
  3. Adjust the feed slot covers according to the feed. These feed slot covers are designed to prevent the bees drowning in syrup, so please pay attention to it.

3a. If feed is syrup, then make sure all the writings “Şurup” are facing outwards.

3b. If feed is candy, then make sure all the writings “Kek” are facing outwards.

Note: In the second bottom picture below, you can see the slots on the side to locate the feeder slot covers. Make sure the covers are inserted in there. If it feels loose, then it may not have been placed correctly.

  1. Close the feeder top and adjust the yellow handles to secure the slot covers.

In the picture below, the setup on the left shows syrup feed, and the right shows the cake feed.


Using Division and Uniting Board

To use the division and uniting board, make sure you take the pollen trap out entirely. The instructions for that are given here.

The board has 2 functions, to divide the colony, or to unite two colonies – hence the name. There are 3 slots on the board, each with a circular gate. These gates can be positioned in 3 ways to:

  • Completely shut the holes to prevent any bee or pheromone exchange
  • Enable pheromone exchange but not bees through the small slots
  • Enable bee exchange through the big slots

When dividing a colony, or just introducing 2 small colonies separately to a single hive, put the division board with its gates shut in the dedicated center slot. Introduce the two colonies on each side. Please note that you can have up to 4 frames on each side and can not use the frame spacers when using the division board.

When uniting two colonies, first make sure one of the colonies do not have a queen. Then have the rotating gates adjusted to have smaller slots open for pheromone exchange until the colony without the queen gets used to the pheromones of the queen of the other colony. Then you can adjust the gates to enable the bees pass through.

Setting Up Bottom Board for Wooden Beehives