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Our museum is interested in building an outdoor observation hive. I keep an Ulster observation hive and am contemplating building a great big one on an 8 or 10 frame hive body with a 2 frame observation "attic" with the queen upstairs almost permanently. What do you guys think? What about some other design? Or should I just recommend that they pass on the whole deal considering that it is planned for a public area?
 

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the problem with confining the queen to an area that small is she doesn't have enough room to lay enough brood, they'll swarm
build a conventional hive with windows in the boxes

http://drobbins.net/bee's/window/window.html

I did this in my backyard and it was way cool:)
you could make the ulster type top area and stick the queen up there for special events

here's a couple other ideas

http://outdoorplace.org/beekeeping/obs1.htm

Dave
 

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The queen is above a queen excluder section in an Ulster observation hive and they aren't going anywhere without her.
 

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queen excluders wont stop my mutts anymore than clipping wings. when i was laid up (ill) in the spring, they just waited for the virgin to hatch and swarmed with her. your milage may vary :) then again, my favorate curse when i get stung is "you ungratefull...!" :) so maybe its just MY mutts. good luck,mike
 
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