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You do nice work. I like the design, but it looks time consuming. Based on the quantity of equipment in the background, you are not just building for 4 or 5 hives. Does this design scale up?

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You do nice work. I like the design, but it looks time consuming. Based on the quantity of equipment in the background, you are not just building for 4 or 5 hives. Does this design scale up?

Luke
This is a prototype, I'm only hobby side liner -25 production hives
 

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I like it, neat idea. The holes may be too big to keep mice out. Personally I would beef up the crossbar to 1x1 and butt nail.
 

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Good thinking on the design. Good to see people thinking outside the box.
I have a question thought, I don't see how you remove the tray for service.
I use bottom screen boards and my trays slide out the back.

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What size screen are you using? An adult SHB will be just a little over 0.125" (1/8) and may not be able to squeeze through. I really like your idea and will probably build some bases like it.
 

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I like it!! I recently bought an old table saw and some equipment to build hive parts. Looks like I may have my first project! :)

I hope you don't mind somebody copying your design :rolleyes:
 

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You may find that the bees will make burr comb at the entrance area where the screen angles upwards.

In the video with the cat on top of the hive: Is that cat huge or that hive exceptionally small?
 

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This is just galvanized flashing on a 14" x 19 7/8" solid bottom board for 8 frame deeps.



Painted different bright colors to increase orientation, reduce reflection and heat absorbsion. I'll probably just set them with a single pan head screw.



I had a small unit of 24" 1x3 cedar and instead of cutting them off, I made a screened landing board. Had scrap screen so it was a good way not to waste any materials.







The only time they really will use a landing board if it is a big hive with a small entrance. Otherwise landing boards are not necessary. A bottom board the same size as your box can easily be used for a think inner cover in a pinch. Just flip it over.
I make my bottom boards with a full 1" of bee space for them to pile up when populations are high. I don't have swarming issues and they rarely make any mess.

They will hang out on the screen porch though. There is no need to slope the screen. Rain goes right through for the most part.

 

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Bees can't see red so if bright colors is what you are looking for red is a good one to avoid as it is the same as painting it black. They can only differentiate between Blue, Green, and Yellow plus UV of Purple.
 
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