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  1. Observation Hive Forum
    I am new to beekeeping, I have wanted to start a colony for years. I am curious if I can have a full, healthy colony of only a single frame? or is this too small, if so what is the smallest colony I could have? I am limited in the space I can use and want to be able to see everything so the...
  2. For Sale
    Cypress Observation Hive Vero Beach, FL Asking $400.00 This is a 4 frame, single width observation hive for DEEP frames. Hand crafted with quality Cypress Lumber, sanded and coated with seven coats of gloss polyurethane. The plans that were used to build it come from bonterra bees plans, and...
  3. Observation Hive Forum
    The new Observation Bee Hive is finally off of the drawing board and populated with bees! In this video I go over the process of making the hive and at the end show some of the Peeping Tom video and images taken of them in action. https://youtu.be/q_FiCx8mEmg
  4. Observation Hive Forum
    I have an Ulster observation hive from Brushy Mountain: http://www.brushymountainbeefarm.com/Medium-Ulster-Observation-Hive/productinfo/MU501/ My wife asked me to bring some bees to her work for pollinator awareness. It shouldn't stress a nuc too badly if I moved them into the observation...
  5. Observation Hive Forum
    Hello, My observation hive was started this spring with 1/2 pound of bees and a Carni queen. I started them off with a frame of honey and pollen, but left the other three frames of this four frame OH empty for their expansion. At first I placed them up high in the hive, they didn't do much...
  6. Observation Hive Forum
    The past week I had some time and put together a totally transparent acrylic (plexiglass) observation hive that holds a single deep frame. I've wanted an obs hive for a while now to bring to my kids' classes and now I have maybe the coolest one on the block (ok, probably the only one on the...
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  8. Bee Forum
    Hi This is a first time posting so please be kind. I heard a strange noise coming from my observation hive this morning. http://youtu.be/ajr-lOzdyQY I have had the hive setup inside for about 2 weeks and right on time the first queen emerged this morning. I have heard of piping before but...
  9. Observation Hive Forum
    Does entrance route and feeder location matter? Sorry for so many questions in one post but they are all related. To feed my observation hive, I will build a little box on one side with a place to put an upside down jar of sugar water, and a place to put some pollen. Now I was wondering about my...
  10. Observation Hive Forum
    I read the waggle dance is to communicate the direction and distance to food. So my question is... If you swing an observation hive or rotate it, changing its orientation to the earth and sun (north south east west), would that cause bees doing waggle dance to send the other bees in the wrong...
  11. Observation Hive Forum
    I started bee keeping last spring and would like to start an observation hive (OH) this year. I enjoy wood working so I am going to build it myself. The attached preliminary plans are for a 7 medium frame, single deep OH. Thanks to the Honey Run Apiaries site which has plans that were used as...
  12. Observation Hive Forum
    I've got varroa in the observation hive. I know this because they have dropped through the screened bottom board and I've seen two bees with mites attached. This hive is in my house. How do I treat without fumigating the whole family? The colony is 8 medium frames, 6 of which are brood and two...
  13. Equipment/Hardware
    I built a ventilated Honey jar super to see how it would do. This appealed to me for several reasons, fresh honey right in the jar, easily topped off and sealed, the observation aspect of watching the bees construct comb and make the honey, and I also think that the jars are a unique bit of Bee...
  14. Bee Forum
    This observation hive was seeded from a package. I am not sure whats going on with it, but I have watched it intently for the last 3 weeks. I know there are workers laying eggs. Finally caught one on film. They can and DO stick themselves all the way down in the cell to reach the bottom...
  15. Observation Hive Forum
    My observation hive cast a primary swarm on 5/2. I caught and re-homed that one. Now there are about 8 or 9 capped queen cells that I can see. It took 12 days from capping but the first virgin queen emerged and they cast an after swarm (I think). I caught it and put it in a box but every bee...
  16. Welcome Forum
    I have a touristfarm in Estonia. Mainly focus is on alpacas and other "wooly" animals. But since I have been growing up with my parents having bees (in Norway) I would like to have a few hives myself. But I very much would like to have some kind of observation hive so our visitors also can see...
  17. Observation Hive Forum
    Have any of you guys built one of the rotating style observation hives (such as the DraperBee style)? I am contemplating building one. Any tips? I'm mostly trying to figure out the best way to negotiate the swiveling base with some type of disconnect setup. Do you use some type of lazy susan...
  18. Photo/Video Gallery
    My Ulster Observation Hive has been christened... The box is from Brushy Mountain and the top assembly is homebuilt from scraps of oak and mahogany...
  19. Beekeeping 101
    Hi Everyone, I am planning a vertical farm and would like to move beyond the "greens only" system that everyone so far has done. The problem is that for most everything else we need bees. I am wondering if it is possible for bees to live indoors if they are given plenty of plants to pollinate...
  20. Equipment/Hardware
    Ok, I'm not a big message board guy... So much so that I can't even remember my old user name or the email I used with it... So this is my "first" post. I live in Geoegia and the SHB is a pain for me. I've tried all the traps and they all work but have drawbacks. I bought a few of the Freeman...
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