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  1. #41
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    Default Re: Alternative Hive Designs Wanted

    This has been shared before...

    While this isn't a completely new hive design, the combining of a Screened Bottom Board and a Slatted Rack into a single assembly is unique. Top entrances are also used as required.

    http://s275.photobucket.com/albums/j...t=MVI_8022.mp4



    "Contemporary Hive Stand"
    Last edited by BeeCurious; 02-24-2012 at 08:45 AM. Reason: typo
    BeeCurious
    Trying to think inside the box...

  2. #42
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    Default Re: Alternative Hive Designs Wanted

    Here is my alternative hive design, not sure how to classify it yet.

    Top Bars (kinda hybrid between TBH and Lang)
    Inner Core and Outer shell design.

    I posted it earlyer just gonna relink for those not finding it..

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/show...ve-(Vita-Hive)

  3. #43
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    Default Re: Alternative Hive Designs Wanted

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mwKK...hannel&list=UL

    This channel has a number of videos of alternative hive designs..
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  4. #44
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    Default Re: Alternative Hive Designs Wanted

    No smoke, no veil, steady hands. That guy is one with bees.
    Brian Cardinal
    Zone 5a, Practicing non-intervention beekeeping

  5. #45
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    Default Re: Alternative Hive Designs Wanted

    Quote Originally Posted by bonterra bees View Post
    Barry
    Take a look at these ObHs http://www.bonterrabees.com/home.html they do have some pretty unique features. Ya I'm promoting them but I do think they can be considered "Alternative Designs"
    Mark
    So i have seen some of these and there never seems to be a good way to feed in winter with them since they will get heat from the home they will go through what little stores they have quick with possible brood rearing in the dead of winter... Wouldnt want bees loose in house but would want to feed cleanly has this been addressed?

    Daniel

    Maryville, Tn

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    Default Re: Alternative Hive Designs Wanted

    I have never personally seen this, but online it looks fantastic. I believe it's an English variation of a Long Hive. It's called the Beehaus, check it out:
    http://www.omlet.us/products_service...p?view=Beehaus
    or click here.

  7. #47
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    Default Re: Alternative Hive Designs Wanted

    i built 6 frame hives by accident, wrong measurment, best mistake i ever made! they are not as tippy as a 5 frame and they are lighter than an 8 or 10. they build up faster nd since the pieces are smaller you have much less waste. women love them because they are easy to handle!

  8. #48
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    Default Re: Alternative Hive Designs Wanted

    I have built a few 6 framers. I did it on purpose though, so there would be room for a division feeder.

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    Default Re: Alternative Hive Designs Wanted

    as far as the video above. It is just a modification of a skep but making an elaborate structure to avoid the simple method of setting it on a shelf. in the case of the shelf feeding is possible by simply place the skep over a plate of fondant.

    I was not entirely certain this guy had no clue about bees until I let eh second video run long enough to read his comment. "Bees are compassionate" that was enough for me.

    Anyway at best this is an extremely over engineered skep at best.
    Stand for what you believe, even if you stand alone.

  10. #50
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    Default Re: Alternative Hive Designs Wanted

    I should introduce him to some of my compassionate bees.

  11. #51
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    Default Re: Alternative Hive Designs Wanted

    I like the Round Warre Hive https://www.box.com/s/kaonwpsc6dqdqipqweqa or the new Sun Hive from Europe (http://strathconabeekeepers.blogspot...-sun-hive.html). The Sun hive would be more difficult to work so it might be nice to have just one or two.

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    Default Re: Alternative Hive Designs Wanted

    P.S. Not sure where I would get the cow dung from.

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    Default Re: Alternative Hive Designs Wanted

    I watched this video a while ago "The Golden Hive," I contacted the guy, but he says he does not have the plans. would not be that hard to figure out. I think I may give it a try looks interesting.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmYE7...hannel&list=UL

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    Default Re: Alternative Hive Designs Wanted

    Here is a modern, industrial design by Philip de los Reyes (http://adlr.info/ih/index.php?/apiary/). The frame and box handles have possibilities as does the closed cell foam (insulation,durability) but the interlocking boxes would be difficult to separate.

  15. #55
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    Default Re: Alternative Hive Designs Wanted

    Very interesting design but it appears to me that the bees have a lot of space to create burr comb on the top of the frames. Anyone else see that?
    Brian Cardinal
    Zone 5a, Practicing non-intervention beekeeping

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    Default Re: Alternative Hive Designs Wanted

    Good point. The convenient handle space would be filled fairly quickly with burr comb.

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    Default Re: Alternative Hive Designs Wanted

    The Stewarton Hive was mentioned, but I didn;t see metion of the book. I believe this is the only place it is available: The Stewarton Hive

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