We are working on some plans to build an observation hive.
It will be in our living room, year round, with an access tube to get outside.
We would appreciate any input if you feel there is anything we need to modify before we build this.
We plan on three boxes, each housing three deep frames.
The end walls will be 3/4" wood, and the side walls will be plexiglass.
Each end wall will have a ventilation hole covered with mesh. We are thinking of 1" diameter for each hole. Does this sound like too much or too little ventilation. Being only 1" we could cover with a cork if needed to close up.
A bottom board, 2" tall, with a hole with tube to go outside.
The bottom board will also have a section of wood on one end that can be removed to insert OAV as needed.
Dimensions of the boxes. 9 5/8" high, 4 1/2" between the glass (inside dimension), 19 7/8" outside along the length.
End piece is 3/4" thick piece of wood, with 3/8" rabbet. Inside dimension between two end pieces would be 18 3/8".
Will also make an inner cover and top cover.
Feed hive through a division board feeder in top box as needed. There will be a hole with cork in the top cover to give access to filling the feeder.
We will close off the tube inside and out when we need to take the hive outside for maintenance.
Does this sound too heavy - three boxes high, housing 9 frames max.
Hive will have foundationless frames.
We have other hives outside for swapping out resources as needed.
We might put latches on the sides to latch the boxes together in case of bumps.
Is there anything we haven't thought of? Any potential issues with this design?
Thanks for your input.