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  1. #1
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    Default observation hives

    Has anyone had experience with observation hives? Single frame widths would insure seeing the queen, but I've read where two frame widths helps in the winter for brood cluster. Minimum number of frames seems to be three or four ...(or six or eight for double frames..) Ease of taking care of ?
    Thanks, Jim

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    Default Re: observation hives

    bonterrabees.com
    they are a sponsor here, I got their 8 frame double wide and it is great

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    Yep Bon Terra is the way to go. I have a DW-8 3 feet behind me and the bees love it.

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    Default Re: observation hives

    Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy_K View Post
    Yep Bon Terra is the way to go. I have a DW-8 3 feet behind me and the bees love it.
    Thanks, guys. Is there much maintenance with the hives? Would you change anything about the hives? Anything ? Do you have trouble finding the queen...does she hid between the panels? Have you had it through a winter? Swarms? Thanks, jim

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    Bonterra, I have there 10 frame double wide. I live in northern Mi, so they have to make it for 90 or more no fly days. we have had a good year for the bees and the OB hive has spawned 3 swarms and I collected all of them, I call it now a hive maker.

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    Default Re: observation hives

    I had one made that I then heavily modified it to hang in my office. http://s196.photobucket.com/albums/a...vation%20Hive/ I got it before Bonterra bees started. The only thing I wish I had is either a larger entrance and exit hole or 2 of them. They get a little congested when things are hopping. No trouble finding the queen but I mark them. I'll be heading into my 3 winter with them. I can't afford to have a swarm as mine is in my office where we've got +/-100 employees here. The outdoor covered lunch area is only 50 yards from the entrance/exit. The entrance/exit is intentionally +/-12" off the ground to ensure the flight path is well above everyone. I watch for congestion or queen cells and act before they can by either stealing a frame of two of brood for over-congestion or if I'm too late stealing a couple frames of brood with the queen and letting them raise a queen from an active Queen cell. They're easy to take care of but only after 2 or 3 years experience under your belt. My hive is heavy as I'm using 7/16 tempered glass. When you're new you'll want to mess with them too much and an OB hive is too cumbersome to easily do that safely.
    Last edited by D Coates; 08-20-2012 at 03:22 PM.
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