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  1. Re: In mid-MD OBH packed with bees! What to do?

    Davemal
    I'm sorry to tell you, you have an short term display hive there. To house a year-round colony you need twice that space. A double-wide 6 deep frame hive is probably minimum for your area...
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    Re: Space between glass and frames

    36909
    We suggest 3/16" beyond edge of frame or 1 3/4"glass to glass w/frame centered for single-wide Hive and 3 1/8" for double-wide Hive
    Bon Terra Bees
  3. Re: Newbie question about queen movement throughout the hive

    Hey Dave
    In my Experience the Queen will explore the entire brood area often and daily, looking for what cells are appropriate for eggs. She will concentrate on frame areas perhaps where there is...
  4. Re: Proper depth for 3 frame deep and other oddities. Advice welcome!

    We've been using 1 3/8" each frame plus 3/16"on both sides to the Glass, we've used it for years for the ideal distance Glass to glass.
    So in your case with 3 frames the distance would be 3/16 X2...
  5. Small Hive Beetles in your Observation Hive?

    Just looking for your experiences and knowledge about the different approaches for dealing with SHB in an Observation Hive: Traps, baits. Apivar, Nemotodes, other?
    Assuming a typical ObH that is...
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    ObH plugging all Vents?

    I've had several Customers telling me their Colony is plugging up all the Hive vents.
    Anybody else having this trouble?
    Any wisdom as to why and what to do is appreciated.

    Thanks.
    Mark...
  7. Re: Observation Hive on 8th floor of apartment building

    The flat, glass faced, 6 or 8 deep frame ObH with a reasonably short access routing to the outside is just a lucky Colony and doesn't need to be transferred outside for the winter.
    Thru out the...
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    Farm Market Display Hive

    What's your opinion?.
    If you are loading a 2 frame, temporary(for 2 days), farm market display hive; what is best?.
    What combination is best from brood, honeycomb, queen, drones and workers. Best...
  9. Re: Question's on mod's to Bonterra Swing View DW8

    This thread asks several questions regarding the Bonterra brand, SwingView Observation Hive model. I have heard these questions often. I am the creator of this product and here’s some answers...
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    Re: Where are you on the tree of knowledge

    I've been keeping bees since I was a kid, 55 some years ago, and I can say I've learned a lot from bees. They haven't learned anything from me. I'm afraid to imagine why.
    I've never actually...
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    Ants in my ObH

    Ants are crawling up the outside of my foundation and into the entrance of my ObH. Does anybody know of a Bee safe ant deterrent?
    Most brand name ant poisons have ingredients that kill bees,...
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    SINGLE-WIDE vs. DOUBLE-WIDE ObH

    I would like to contribute my experience to the often asked question: “Which is best a double-wide or a single-wide design for an Observation Hive”?
    I have had bees since I was a kid and I’m the...
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    Re: where to place OH - outside

    Direct sun on an outside, glass faced ObH will turn your hive into a wax melter.
    No direct sun for any length of time.

    Bonterra Bees
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    Re: Glass or acrylic/plastic

    1/4” Laminated Safety Glass is best. We spec. all our hives for it. Indeed it’s heavy and expensive.
    It’s indestructible, easy to clean and the Bees build less comb on it. Buy 3/16” from your glass...
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    Re: Syrup feeder holes?

    Thanks for picture and all the practical advice beekeepers. I guess a bunch of small holes works.

    I guess the thing that keeps bothering me is the "vacuum physics". After the first squirts when...
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    Syrup feeder holes?

    Curious.
    What kind of hole pattern and hole size works best in a Mason jar, syrup, feeder? Do the bees crawl upside down on the jar lid drinking syrup from the holes? Do they overcome the vacum...
  17. What’s the most popular frame style/size in the UK?

    Hey UK Beekeepers.

    In the USA and many international countries the Langstroth 19” x 9 1/8” x 3/8”, Deep frame seems to be the most used, and then the Medium and Shallow.

    I exchange a lot of...
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    Re: observation hive entrance

    All of the above is right on. We’ve tested both entrances: top and bottom. It doesn’t seem to make much difference to the welfare of the Bees. We use a bottom entrance for engineering reasons. The...
  19. Re: Winter Banking Multiple queens in Observation hive

    5 frames might be a bit sparse for an ObH, especially if it's only 1 frame wide, witch inhibits "clustering", indeed a 5 frame ObH requires more maintenance.
    Mark
    www.bonterrabees.com...
  20. Re: Philips Urban Beehive, and indoor hive of new dimension

    Despite the obvious flaws, it's got me thinking.
    Mark
    www.bonterrabees,com
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    You can't think like a Bee but you can watch them think.
  21. Re: Observation with foundation-less and foundation frames

    Hi Stefan
    Thanks for your findings on foundation less frames. We make ObHs, advertised on Beesource. We have been thinking about suggesting, to customers, replacing 1 deep foundation frame (we cut...
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    Re: Is this ligit?

    Thanks Bee People. I gotta say it again; Beekeepers are some of the best and thanks for checking that out for me.
    I just got that ad in my Email. I guess it's new. I'm going to watch it for awhile...
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    Is this ligit?

    I'm always looking to get my products out there and I pretty much trust Beekeepers.
    Has anybody used this or know about this http://www.bees-and-beekeeping.com/honey-bee-supplies.html

    Thanks,...
  24. Re: Need advice on bees not using neighbor's fountain

    I have a pond almost solid with water lillys. They take over. When I need a break, I'll sit by the pond and watch my Bees land on the lily pads, walk across the dry part of the leaf, stick their...
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    Re: Obseervation Hives and Bee Space

    5/16" is Bee space, Drones-workers-and queen can move easily thru; 1/4" is tight, in general most will go thru; 3/16"' is almost impassable to all but wiggle the bit a little and some, newly emerged...
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