Since purchasing my first bee hive in January, my fascination for bees continues to grow so to learn more about these amazing creatures, I’ve made this observation hive. Now I will be able to watch my Italian friends up close as they go about their many and varied tasks.
After undertaking considerable research on the web and consulting with fellow members of the Auckland Bee Keepers Club and others, I’ve come up with my first trial hive. I would also like to thank Trevor and Peter at Ceracell for all their help and advice.
When the club has its next fortnightly meeting, I will take the hive along so those members more experienced than I can pass judgment. At this stage the only aspect that I’m unsure about is how well the feeder that’s positioned to the right will function. Some bee keepers are saying that I may need to feed the bees through the top of the hive rather than the side, time and trial will tell.
This observation hive has been designed to be used by schools, technology institutes, universities, agricultural shows, rural field days or by down to earth folk like myself who enjoy promoting bees and bee keeping.
For those selling honey or bee products at country markets and the like I’m sure it will work “just like bees to honey”.
Recently we used an observation hive at the Auckland Bee Keepers Club stand at the Royal Easter Show and it certainly attracted those curious about bees and helped us with our honey sales.
Features of the observation hive include:
- Lower compartment to house brood frame.
- Upper compartment to house frame from honey box/super.
- Queen bee excluder separates the two frames and prevents the queen from moving to the top.
- Hinged front door allows for easy installation and removal of frames and bees.
- 4mm glass panels front and rear for easy viewing.
- Remove 4 screws and glass can be removed for cleaning.
- Sliding covers on both sides keeps the bees in the dark when not being observed. These also provide protection during transportation.
- Ventilation ports at each end help to provide adequate aeration and moisture levels.
- Easy access built in feeder.
- Top cover with easy to use reach over catches.
- Wide base ensures maximum stability.
Like all new products I intend to trial the observation bee hive to ensure that it works correctly. When I’m satisfied with the results they will be for sale via JustAddWorms “Garden Shop” as well as Trade Me and Sella.
Hopefully that won’t be too far off. In the meantime, expressions of interest are most welcome.