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 04:22 PM.
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