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  1. #1
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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

    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

    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

    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

    Holy cow, just imagine the size of the smoker that he will need, . Sorry just poking fun, curious to see it with bees.

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    Default Re: Crazy Hive Design

    A smoker, just light the neighborhood on fire and blow it in that direction.

    However, it is awesome.

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    Default Re: Crazy Hive Design

    I always though about building a hive out of Lincoln Logs, haha.

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    Default Re: Crazy Hive Design

    My son wanted to do one out of lego's. I am just not sure abount the survival of the plastic in the sun, otherwise I might try it some day

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    Default Re: Crazy Hive Design

    If this is anything like fishing, He's gonna need a bigger boat - That thing is going to bring in some HUGE bees.

    Way to go - more power to him!!......Half the stuff I do is not practical as well but I guarantee I live an more exciting life then you practical people!

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    Default Re: Crazy Hive Design

    Seems to me he is trying to re-invent the wheel. Needless to say good luck. I will stick to standard hives, I can pick up a brood chamber by myself and not hurt my back.

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    Default Re: Crazy Hive Design

    I don't think he is trying to do any thing other then have fun - I think he is quite aware that this size is not practical.........although he should call it the "Back Breaker" or in the spirit of the ol'west "Tiny"

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    Default Re: Crazy Hive Design

    Yes this will be a forklift breaker. I will try to get new pics, he installed multiple nucs in it with division boards to keep them seperate. Once they have drawn comb on the super sized frames he will pull nuc frames.
    Dan Hayden 4 Years. 9 hives. Tx Free. USDA Zone 5b.

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    Default Re: Crazy Hive Design

    Let us know how it goes. My guess is that a one-queen hive will never fill it, for the same reason we never find 4'x8' hives in closets, barns, tree cavities, and other large space. There seems to be a natural limit to hive size, which we can stretch somewhat with hive management but the limit is still there.

    If he can find a way to manage it as a many-queen operation though (creative use of double screens and excluders?), he might just have the world's largest box of bees :-)

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