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  1. #1
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    Default What does everyone's hive look like?

    I have been reading through all the threads. Looking at the pros and cons and trying to design a hive that meets my own criteria while keeping in mind the shortcomings of this system. What is everyone else doing? I am leaning towards a sweet valley looking system. It is well thought out. The only thing I can't figure out how to do is feed.

    All suggestions are welcome.

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    Default Re: What does everyone's hive look like?

    774243354_o.jpg

    This is the second hive I built
    Has screened top, screened bottom and removable mite tray.

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    Default Re: What does everyone's hive look like?

    Looks great!

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    Default Re: What does everyone's hive look like?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kentucky27 View Post
    Looks great!
    Thanks BTW I have removed the flower stickers on the front that are pink and yellow. My kids decorated it but I found the bees seemed to think they were real and kept milling about right on the stickers so I took them off.

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    Default Re: What does everyone's hive look like?

    Here's one of the warre's just after setup, before installation.
    warre.jpg

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    Default Re: What does everyone's hive look like?

    DSC02774.jpg Shortly after installation with my daughter Rachel I bought a top hive feeder from thewarrestore.com that fits under the quilt box. Bees love it.
    Last edited by suzyq; 07-30-2014 at 10:25 PM.

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    Default Re: What does everyone's hive look like?






    I feel the bottom board should should not have a rim, but a dropped exit. A strong hive will build it's comb to the bottom, then the combs are to long to sit on top of another box.

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    Default Re: What does everyone's hive look like?

    Quote Originally Posted by odfrank View Post





    I feel the bottom board should should not have a rim, but a dropped exit. A strong hive will build it's comb to the bottom, then the combs are to long to sit on top of another box.
    Yes, yes, I agree. A dropped exit is a "must have" for the season.
    President, San Francisco Beekeepers Association
    www.habitatforhoneybees.org

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    Default Re: What does everyone's hive look like?

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie B View Post
    Yes, yes, I agree. A dropped exit is a "must have" for the season.
    Really? Don't you just add another box before they get to the bottom? Of course I only have one hive to look after

    I have a screen floor with a mite board in the bottom. I may regret that someday.

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    Default Re: What does everyone's hive look like?

    IMG_3083.JPGMy wife's hive.
    Dan

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