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    I am looking at building a top bar observation hive to keep indoors. What should be the minimum volume of such a hive? I would like this to be a fully functional colony. Any ideas from the panel of experts out there? Thanks in advance.

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    In order to work an observation hive, you have to haul it outside periodically. I would try to keep it small enough you can do this easily. In order to flourish, it needs about the equivelant of three deeps or four mediums. Any less and they really struggle. Any more and the hive is too hard to move.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    "Three deeps or four mediums."... Can I assume that that is frames, not the whole box? I hate to sound dumb, but sometimes I just can's help it... [img]smile.gif[/img] Thanks.

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    Yes. Frames. Unless you can easily handle three deep boxes at one time. That's only about 270 pounds. [img]smile.gif[/img]
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Gotcha! Yeah, I can easily handle three deeps at one time. No problem. I'm sure you believe that too! Thanks a bunch. I don't have any Lang equipment so maybe someone can help...how much area would three deeps be? My top bars are 18" long and the inside of my hives are about 10" deep. They are Kenyan style, about 30 degrees off vertical. I think I figured about 200 square inches considering both sides. If anyone has done the math on the Lang equipment, it would sure help me determine how many bars to make the hive. Thanks in advance.

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    3 bars should be good. 4 is better for the bees. 3 is better for you so you have a better chance of seeing some action with the queen. I like to make mine like a 3 bar NUC.

    Its a pain in the butt to make a TBH observation hive a vertical design. You can do it, but its a lot of trouble.
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