A bee wall. I look forward to seeing it with bees and how it works out.
Does anyone have any recommendations for how much ventilation to open to start out using 3 lbs of bees? I am planning on starting them in the bottom half of the hive. They will have access to all three vertical columns, but only the bottom 4 horizontal rows. That would be 12 frames. There are 4 holes in the top cover of each column and each hole is 1 inch. There is also a 1 inch hole on each end of the horizonal rows (7 on each end). I was thinking of only having one hole open in the top of the center vertical column along with the entrance tube.
wow, ambitious for sure.
my 12 frame out front for our visitors here is tough
that's great is it for personal or show for visitors?
we set up ours out in the front yard in a covered enclosure
for people driving by to stop by and check out, I have a cam inside
to watch peoples reactions, it's fun. plus it sells the honey in the stand better.
That is so awesome! I wish I had one.
As for installing the bees, I would put the queen cage on drawn comb in the middle on a frame, and then let the bees crawling through their exit tube (like with a swarm). I think if they smell the queen, they will move in towards her. Then you won’t have to shake bees, and she can get laying quickly.
Good luck, and please keep us posted!
Here is how the divisions work. The vertical beams are 2x2’s with a 1x2 attached to it with screws. The 1x2 covers where the boxes come together. The 1x2 is removed and dividers can be slid in the front vertically and/or horizontally. The end of the OH is hinged. Three screws are removed and the end opens up so that dividers can also be slid in horizontally.0323181956a.jpg 0323181958.jpg 0323182038b.jpg
I think you should load them onto frames in a regular hive then transfer them into the OH.
They are raising brood in the plastic comb in the OH. baby bees (1).jpg
How’s the observation hive looking so far? The queen is currently laying at least 1,000 eggs a day. The frames are from bottom up: 1. capped and emerging brood, 2. A mix of honey, pollen, emerging brood, capped brood, and larvae, 3. every cell is filled with larvae and eggs except for a small patch in the upper right corner which should be filled by tomorrow 4. Honey.
I find it interesting that I have not seen a single small hive beetle in the hive or the oil tray beneath the screened bottom board.
This thread petered out
What happened? How is the hive doing?
All of my opinions and suggestions are based on my five decades of actual beekeeping,
not so much on book learning, watching YouTube videos nor reading internet sites.
Sorry, I didnít know anyone was still interested.
The hive is doing great. Theyíve started raising more brood for Spring. Iíll post a few more pictures.
Here are a few recent ones.
How much have they occupied? wall of bees happen yet?
They had 1 column completely filled and were working on the other 2 columns when winter hit. There were way more bees in there than could fit on 7 frames at that time. They have dwindled down a good bit now, but are still healthy. Hopefully, they will be able to pack it out this year.
Wow! I don't know how I missed this thread originally. Lovely looking hive you've built, and really cool that they've settled in and doing their thing.
I'm curious how active they've been through the winter, and how much stores they consume, compared to a hive outdoors in your area.
Do you/did you feed much?
They are fairly active doing stuff in the hive, but not excessively so. There is usually a large group of field bees that just hangs out by the entrance doing nothing. Flights are limited to when my outdoor hives are also flying.