View Poll Results: I have or would purchase an Ulster style Observation Hive.

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    Question Ulster type observation hives?!?

    Just curious if there really is a market for these. I am going to build a modified version for myself, but I was thinking of building a couple extra to sell on ebay or here. (Got to support my habit!)

    Thanks for the input!
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    What do they look like?
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    Ditto. I'm considering getting an OB hive as some of the teachers at my son's school want me to come in to teach the kids about bees. Not sure if I'm going to build or buy. With my schedule buying is looking pretty good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by D Coates View Post
    Ditto. I'm considering getting an OB hive as some of the teachers at my son's school want me to come in to teach the kids about bees. Not sure if I'm going to build or buy. With my schedule buying is looking pretty good.
    Well you folks can take live bees into a school house if you want to but ...... if a child gets stung by a yellow jacket while you are there who do you think they will blame
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    peggjam,

    it's a 4 frame nuc with a single frame ohive on top
    a queen excluder between keeps the queen up top where you can see her

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    I have one. I used it once so far and liked it expect it only takes deeps (and I use mediums) and it's heavier than I'd like. I'm going to cut it down to a medium.

    So far, I prefer my Tew hive (from Brushy Mt.) as it weighs a lot less and I've modified it to take either a Dadant deep, or a deep, or a medium and an extra shallow. It's much lighter to carry around. I did modify it so I could put a small jar of syrup and a small jar of water on it and shake some pollen down through the screen where the jar is.
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    I also bought one for taking bees to fairs where I sell honey. Like MB stated it is for deeps and I might cut mine down too.

    I have a better one that I made from black walnut for in home, I made it from the plans here on BS.
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    My plan was to design it as a medium, since that is the size I use also.

    Here is a link to the hive on Brushy Mountain's site.
    http://www.brushymountainbeefarm.com...asp?pcode=U501
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    Any thought on price?

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    I would guess a LOT less than what they are selling them for on Brushy Mountain. I can't picture that much cost involved. I guess I will find out though when I start building this week.

    I have also thought about just building a general "top" like the Ulster that would fit anyones 5 frame nuc box. That would dramatically cut down on price. Especially with as many beekeepers that already have their own nucs.
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    Do you guys think they would winter alright in something like this, inside of course, with an entrance to the outside? I am trying to figure something out for my breeder queens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by peggjam View Post
    Do you guys think they would winter alright in something like this, inside of course, with an entrance to the outside? I am trying to figure something out for my breeder queens.

    Sure they would if you have enough bees to start with and a way to feed them. My OH has wintered three times successfully and it was only four mediums.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hill's Hivery View Post
    I have also thought about just building a general "top" like the Ulster that would fit anyones 5 frame nuc box. That would dramatically cut down on price. Especially with as many beekeepers that already have their own nucs.
    Brilliant!

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    Big Grin

    I am currently reworking my prototype. It will be a "top only" version since alot of us already have 5-frame nuc hives. I am currently building for medium size frames in the "observation" part. I can modify it at a later date for deeps if there is interest. I will post pictures when I have the new prototype complete.
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    Any chance of a medium?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hill's Hivery View Post
    I am currently building for medium size frames in the "observation" part.
    So all we need is a medium nuc box. Brilliant, simply brilliant.

    I never cut mine down, tomorrow I am going to fill it with a small hive of HSC for this weekends fair. Yours would make a nice addition for when I can't find a hive of deeps at the right time.

    I will be interested in one when you get them developed.
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    If the rain would every stop here I could get back into the shop! Between rain and earthquakes...Jeeesh!
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    Default Tom Truluck in SC

    I would be interested in just the top. Please post when you know the price.

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    Interesting, I like to see a price posted for it to, and pics!
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    I am working on the final price. I am thinking of free shipping to simplify things. (What are your thoughts?) I will post a picture as soon as I have the new prototype complete with prices. I am also going to post prices for a deep frame version instead of just the medium. Don't want to leave anyone out!

    I will start a new thread in the "For Sale" section when prices and pics are ready. Looking to have everything ready in about 1-2 weeks.
    (Sooner I hope, but waiting on supplies.)
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