BeeFoster Blue3 Bee Nursery Instructions
On the right you'll see a picture of the instructions that come with every kit. You can download a PDF of these or scroll down for more detailed views of the whole process. It looks more complicated that it really is, but we want you to have a positive experience. Take your time and don't wrestle the corrugated. Pre-fold to get best results!
Here's what a kit looks like. 3 Nursery Pods. One case. One roof. Three straw mats. One net. There's a handful of fasteners too. The black ones are for the black screen. The clear ones are for the case and they are known as christmas trees because they kinda look one one. We added one or two extras in case you lose one. There's also two corkscrew fasteners for the roof. These are removable and are really handy.
Before you begin, keep in mind that what you have in your hands is actually a precision device. We spent 6 months trying to figure out how to make specially coated paper into a Nursery. You want it to look good, so the key is to pre-fold the case and roof along the lines, like you see here. That means the pieces are ready to lock together and you don't have to wrestle them into shape. The front is especially subject to mishandling, so just take your time and PRE-FOLD. Do you see the little easter egg that Ames and I put on the inside of the case?
See this little flap on the front of the case? This folds down to keep water out of the corrugations. You fold it down into the slots below. Do this before you attach the black screen.
A word about fasteners. These clear devices are called christmas trees and they are really great. But they are permanent. Once you stick them in the hole, they don't want to come out. So, work carefully and read these directions, because you are making a long-term commitment!
The screen protects your bees against birds. Line up the holes in the screen with the holes in the case and then push the black christmas trees into the holes from the inside of the case. Remember, these little fasteners are tough and once in place, they don't want to come out!
OK! You got the screen on and now you pre-folding again, to make sure you don't mangle the box! Notice how the front tabs go inside the case? You can see this clearly on the picture on the far right.
Now move to the back of the case. Fold your pre-folded tabs in and then fold up the back side. Locate the holes and insert the fasteners. They don't want to come out!
Pre-fold your roof section again. Notice how the cuts and little dots go on the back side of the case? That's because you may want to mount your Blue3 Nursery against a solid wall and you can easily cut off these tabs to make room. Finally, notice how the clear christmas tree fasteners go on the left side of the front? This is a permanent connection...
On the right side of the case, you'll see these little words: "Cork Screw". That's the holes where these handy little fasteners go. They are removable so you can inspect/remove your Nursery Pods.
Finally, you're going to lay in your assembled Nursery Pods. You'll see they fit snugly. They are designed to sit an inch or two from the screen, but you need to be flexible. If the bees, for some reason, don't like your screen, or the space, then you can move the Pods to the front. You can even remove the screen to give the bees direct access to the straws. There are thousands of varieties of native bees and you have to find the technique that works for you and them...