The bee hive kit is aStarter hive that will get the beekeeper started in beekeeping. The colony will be expanding during the first 8 weeks. After 8 weeks, you will normally need to add another super to this standard hive. The hive is made of White Pine wood from the New England area and then cut here in Toccoa, GA. Plywood is from Georgia grown pine.You will receive the following items: (1) solid bottom board, (1) entrance reducer, (1) brood box, Brood box frames & foundation, (1) medium super, super frames & foundation, (1) inner cover, (1) telescopic cover. For an extra fee you can upgrade to a screen bottom board.All medium and deep hive bodies come with pre-drilled holes for the 6D nails. This greatly reduces the problem of splitting the wood body.This comes assembled or unassembled. Hive does not include hammer, glue or 6D nails for unassembled hives.You will need to paint the exterior of the hive to seal the wood for long lasting use.