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    Default Crazy Hive Design

    This hive is the brain child of my brother. He is a just entering his second year of beekeeping and decided he wanted to build a monster hive. At first he is planning to have multiple colonies in this behemoth. At some point he wants one colony in here. I had to just shake my head and smile.
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    PS that is a deep frame in the foreground
    Dan Hayden 4 Years. 9 hives. Tx Free. USDA Zone 5b.

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    Default Re: Crazy Hive Design

    It's a coffin!!
    Mike Forbes
    Red Dirt Apiaries

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    Default Re: Crazy Hive Design

    He'll need ten packages to stock it!
    Then he can use the other nine queens to requeen other hives.

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    Default Re: Crazy Hive Design

    Quote Originally Posted by NasalSponge View Post
    It's a coffin!!
    He'll need one when he opens that baby up without smoking them first....
    Honeydew

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    Default Re: Crazy Hive Design

    This may be a stupid question...but what is the point? And if its an experiment what is the hypothesis behind it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aerindel View Post
    This may be a stupid question...but what is the point? And if its an experiment what is the hypothesis behind it?
    There is no point, this is just for the giggles of it.
    Dan Hayden 4 Years. 9 hives. Tx Free. USDA Zone 5b.

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    Default Re: Crazy Hive Design

    Quote Originally Posted by RiodeLobo View Post
    There is no point, this is just for the giggles of it.
    If that isn't the best reason on the planet to do anything I don't know what is. Keep us up to date with pictures would ya? I'm always up for something different than can make ya smile. =)

    Tell your brother best of luck!
    We the willing have done so much with so little for so long we can now do anything with nothing

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    Default Re: Crazy Hive Design

    OK, I'm guessing here that it's 2x as wide, 3x as tall, and 3x as long as a 10frame deep (approximating from the pic)?
    ...that'd be like an 18-body Lang. using all 10-frame deeps! How exactly is he intending to lift those "supers" forklift/crane? If he placed one full-width (of that hive, so double-width for "normal") frame that was the height of all 3 boxes in there, the bees could potentially stock that frame with >60lbs of honey...have fun luggin' those frames around! lol

    Let us know how his hernia operation fares!
    -Rob

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    Default Re: Crazy Hive Design

    Kind of like a humongous top bar hive! Neat to see that people are pushing boundaries and trying stuff, let us know how it works!! (Is he planning on using frames? If so, could you post a picture of them?)

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    Default Re: Crazy Hive Design

    i love it...its cool i wish you both goodluck....greg

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    Default Re: Crazy Hive Design

    Well thats it >>>>> you da man !
    thats the way i roll.

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    Default Re: Crazy Hive Design

    He might do a search for my threads on my Gargantua hives, which I have modified this year. My main finding - don't build a frame bigger than will fit in your extractor.

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    Default Re: Crazy Hive Design

    The hive is 4x8 ft. The deep is using a 1 x 12 and the supers are 1 x 8. He is building frames for it and initially using 10 nucs to start it. He built removable frame supports for the deep nucs that will be removed when they pull out wax on the frames made to fit it. And yes it is designed to be lifted with a forklift. I estimate a super will weigh about 1 ton (if ever filled). The whole thing is insulated.
    Dan Hayden 4 Years. 9 hives. Tx Free. USDA Zone 5b.

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    Default Re: Crazy Hive Design

    Following

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    Default Re: Crazy Hive Design

    It is fantastic ! Have similar design 2 be fashioned out of old freezer Best
    "Nature does nothing uselessly." Aristotle

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    Default Re: Crazy Hive Design

    Rio I love that hive dude. Is it bear proof? It sure looks it....

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    Default Re: Crazy Hive Design

    Ahhh. I finally get it. It's not a bee hive it's a bee barn! Any updates?

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    Default Re: Crazy Hive Design

    Well so far so good. Most of the installed colonies are doing well, if they make the winter some division boards will be pulled and we should be on the way to some large colonies. As a side note one advantage of the monster hive is evident.

    Dan Hayden 4 Years. 9 hives. Tx Free. USDA Zone 5b.

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    Default Re: Crazy Hive Design

    Stupid bears. I cant stand the nasty things. Glad the monster hive withstood the attack though.

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