Odfrank, it may turn out that you are right about the bees not covering more than half of it. I wondered about that when I was planning it. But, my backup plan is to simply to insert the dividers either horizontally or vertically and add another entrance or 2 and have more than one colony housed in it. I did, however, see an observation hive that had frames stacked on top of each other and running lengthwise that the bees used just fine, so I’m hoping this works. This is way bigger than that one though.My prediction:
Because the combs are so wide spread and there is not the usual cohesive brood chamber with side by side combs, a colony will never cover more than half of it. Let me know when I am wrong or right.
Brushwoodnursery,Awesome! I'd love to see design pics of the individual isolation technique. Also, may i use the image in lectures about OHs? I'd credit you y name for the design if you'd like.
Yes, I can easily add a second entrance and run 2 colonies.Get the bees settled onto frames first. Not sure if you really need them to stay in a lang for long. Placing them later will disrupt the brood nest. I forget, did you say you could do this with 2 entrances and make it 2 colonies?
I'm trying to decide on the lighting now. I was considering red, how well does it work? I have this thing on barn door track and wheels to move from one wall to the other, so I may mount lights on both walls instead of mounting it to the hive.Looks great! I can tell you did plenty of planning. This is something you can enjoy in any type of weather. Does it have lighting? Red? This is what the hobby is all about... having fun and trying new things.