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  1. #1
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    Default observation hive glass spacing?

    I'm helping a boy scout build a single-width observation hive for the local zoo. We have been unable to reach a decision about the best spacing for the glass windows. Any recommendations from beekeepers with hands-on experience building and maintaining observation hives?

    Michael Steinkampf

  2. #2
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    Phelps Co. Missouri USA
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    Default Re: observation hive glass spacing?

    You must maintain bee space, or they will burr comb it much worse.

    PCM

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    Nehawka, Nebraska USA
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    Default Re: observation hive glass spacing?

    Ideal space is between 1 3/4" and 1 7/8" between the glass.

    http://bushfarms.com/beesobservation...cebetweenglass
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: observation hive glass spacing?

    If it is for a public zoo and will be in a place that every little brat on earth will want to bang on the "glass" I would go with polycarbonate instead for safety reasons...
    Honeydew

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