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  1. #1
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    Dec 2007
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    Default Dennis Murrel's Observation Hive

    I've been looking at his design for the o.h. for some time now. I'm planning to build one soon. I'm really interested in this:
    Super Em Up

    It is easy to add a 'super' or two to this observation hive. Such a super could incorporate an excluder and simplify colony management. Excess honey or bees could easily be removed without disturbing or removing the entire hive.
    How exactly would one super this observation hive? Build another identical to his plans and put it one top allowing the bees travel through the hole on top? Edited to ask if the hole would even be large enough for that.
    I tried to contact D.Murrel himself but he does not allow PM unfortunately.
    Many thanks!

  2. #2
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    Knox County, Ohio
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    Default Re: Dennis Murrel's Observation Hive

    From his bwrangler.com website

    BWrangler
    @
    live.com

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Dennis Murrel's Observation Hive

    I sent him an email 3 weeks ago. I guess he doesn't check regularly?

  4. #4
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    Mar 2009
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    Winsted, CT, USA
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    Default Re: Dennis Murrel's Observation Hive

    I have made a stackable 4 medium frame OB hive that has been quite successful. I suppose it could be supered up by adding another section however the small cluster of bees is more likely to need help building up supplies than ever making an excess. I will try to get some pics up. Is there a market for such a product?

  5. #5
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    addison,maine,USA
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    Default Re: Dennis Murrel's Observation Hive

    hey JBW
    is your OH an indoor hive with entrance outside? If so I'm curious how they wintered in CT. with indoor temps. above freezing and outside temps 0. I'm trying to perfect a good design and management for an OH. I've got to succesful units (a 4frame and a 5frame)now but still not sure how they'll deal with winter mode.
    bonterra bees

  6. #6
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    Winsted, CT, USA
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    Default Re: Dennis Murrel's Observation Hive

    Mine wintered over just fine. It is in my shop which I heat during the day and let go to 50 deg. at night. It is important that they have heat because they cannot cluster well with the single frame however it works. The condensation will be a clue as to the ventilation needs and I would recommend making this adjustable to a degree. Keep in mind convenience of feeding also.

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