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    Re: My full size warre style observation hive

    I have had the delight of listening to queens piping for about 5 days now.
    The hive did swarm a couple of weeks ago - a huge swarm that I watched leave in a grand boil and was sorry not to catch....
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    Re: My full size warre style observation hive

    Lovely!
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    Re: My full size warre style observation hive

    This hive is now just over a year old.
    We're really into spring here now with maples in full bloom and daily temps in the 60's.
    Hive is very full in two boxes, plenty of capped brood visible from...
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    Re: My full size warre style observation hive

    Here's a picture of the exposed window block. If I go into the hive in the summer, I don't leave this open - foraging bees will try to come home through it. Leave the entrance tube on and just slide...
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    Re: My full size warre style observation hive

    The pollen-stained tube is pretty hard to clean - tried all types of cleaners before giving up and just making a new tube:

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    Old tube was held to entrance reducer-block with a few screws:
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    Re: My full size warre style observation hive

    I see the bees festooning for the first time this year. Also, I changed the entrance tube. Details and photos below for those who are interested in construction.

    Bees just starting to festoon in...
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    Re: My full size warre style observation hive

    Thanks. There's surely a queen in there as they're still going strong, gaining population and just to make me extra happy I just saw some capped worker brood.
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    Re: My full size warre style observation hive

    Some more pictures of the hive now... the hive has suddenly taken on a faint warm honey-hive scent. We had temperatures in the upper 60's for a couple days.

    Some early nectar in the upper box:
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    Re: Necessity to cover viewing windows???

    In my very limited experience (see below), you can leave the cover off if the hive isn't baking in direct sun and the bees will function fairly normally. My hive did have some propolis blobs building...
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    Re: My full size warre style observation hive

    Lots of activity in this hive (and outside hives) yesterday and probably today... and here's a picture of the hive this morning. You're looking at the two upper boxes from the rear side of the hive....
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    Re: My full size warre style observation hive

    Thank you. I hope you have a wonderful experience with yours... my kids really do enjoy it.
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    Re: My full size warre style observation hive

    I've done zero treatment. No chemical treatments, no natural alternative treatments, no strategic herb plantings, nothing special in the smoker... nothing. Last summer I requeened all my hives,...
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    Re: Starting a new package

    I had several packages of bees that I installed last year into Warre hives here in Maryland. I dutifully fed pollen and syrup to get them going. Spring flow was just getting a boom on. For various...
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    Re: My full size warre style observation hive

    An update on how this hive has done over the winter. As background, it sent out a small swarm in early September - I caught the swarm, with queen, and re-hived it outside. Then I left town for 10...
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    Re: My full size warre style observation hive

    I do not have any plans, sorry... we kind of of figured it out as we went along. I used warre dimensions for the inside of the boxes and worked out from there. It will depend a lot on the thickness...
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    Re: My full size warre style observation hive

    So, I see some people posting about the great drone kick-out. Ours was a couple of days ago. Here is the entrance tube two days ago, jammed full of reluctant drones...

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    A close up (worker...
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    Re: My full size warre style observation hive

    One of the big reasons I wanted to do this was so that my family would "get" what I was going on about when I'd come back all amazed and starry-eyed about the latest cool thing the bees had done. And...
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    Re: My full size warre style observation hive

    I see lots of goldenrod coming into bloom now. The hive has eaten all their nectar and even uncapped a bit of honey last week, but they seem to be keeping pace. Lots of yellow-brownish pollen...
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    Re: My full size warre style observation hive

    The boxes tipped toward the front as we replaced the hive on the shelf and the top bars slid in their rebates a bit. This left the space at the front wall just a shade too narrow for the bees to go...
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    Re: My full size warre style observation hive

    So here we are a few weeks later. Bees have drawn comb like crazy and now have seven fully drawn combs in each of the top two boxes. The new queen is laying in the top box. They stopped drawing comb...
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    I recently harvested several warre boxes of honey. I had a hive six boxes high and one five boxes high. Way more honey than I expected from these warres' first year. We still have a nectar flow, so I...
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    Re: My full size warre style observation hive

    So... update on this hive.

    Condensation became significant and drippy, especially in the bottom box of the hive (?!) so I drilled lots more small holes in the top and a few in the plexi outer...
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    Re: My full size warre style observation hive

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    An update on the hive at 5 weeks: about a week ago, the population really exploded as new bees emerged and they started to draw comb in the second box. At the moment, they've got a...
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    Re: My full size warre style observation hive

    Very, very helpful tips, thanks. I think I will super the outside warres next week - they are well into the second box now - they're facing south, unlike the observation warre, which I had to face...
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    Re: My full size warre style observation hive

    Thanks... I'm psyched about it. Have enjoyed your posts. The shelf is bolted with giant hardware into studs and concrete. It should hold a mid-sized elephant.
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