View Full Version : observation hive in apartment

02-20-2001, 08:21 PM
I have permission from my landlord to install an observation hive this spring. Before I leap into this-what should I know that doesn't appear in the general readings. Problems to anticipate, etc, best sources.

02-21-2001, 07:25 AM
Hi Mary,

First of all get a larger sized obsevation hive if you can it will slow up many problems. The one draper's super bee apiaries sells is a good one (expensive though, but you get what you pay for). Plugging up will be a problem especially with a young queen. Exchange frames with large colony to free it up and give it room. This should stop it from swarming. All so feed it, just because their is nectar coming in doesn't mean that a hive of this size isn't starving. Often they don't have a large enough field force to get enough food even though it looks like they are strong enough. Don't forget about winter. Combine them with a larger colony early enough, then split in spring to replace.


Glenn West
02-21-2001, 09:04 AM
I'm wondering if you should be concerned with staining or other potential damage by the bees around the exit/entrance.