Re: Observation Hives in school classrooms?
I did it for my kids school with a Ulster hive and a bunch of other touch and feel items. It's the second time I've done it. It's a private school so I don't know if their regs are different than the others. I am probably overly cautious but I know bees freak some people out so I try to be concious, and careful of this.
Unknown to me I did have some hitchhikers (100+) under the screen of my Ulster hive the first time I presented. They got loose in my car and I capped off the bottom before the presentations. All went well but it could have been an absolute disaster. After this I put another screen (about 1/2 of an inch separates them) under the Ulster hive to ensure feeding couldn't occur through the screens and to make it easy to check before moving. All has been well since.
I do have a 5-frame OB hive, similar to your Bontera set-up, that's permanently installed in my office. Here too, I've worked hard to minimize any potential bee related risks the employees could be exposed to by installing additional back up safety mechanisms and putting the exit/entrance up and away from potential interactions.
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