Have you ever seen an observation bee hive? This summer I had the opportunity to see one in action at Rossman Apiaries in Moultrie, Georgia. Since we already have a Flow Hive and a horizontal hive along with a couple of traditional hives, I wasn’t surprised when my husband started talking about doing one of these kind of hives.
I went so far as to check into how to make an observation hive myself. Look at this one
So I found a handbook and started studying. Still not sure if I wanted to take the risk of 4,000 bees getting loose in my house. But if others could do it, why not me?
However, I have decided I am not that brave or curious. My husband and I have decided the bees are nice as long as they are outside not inside. Besides I found out this week that the sound of bees near my face still freaks me out. So not a good idea to have them in my living room where I would really hear them. I admire all the people who can do this though.
Here is our newest bee hive. It is our version of the horizontal Langstroth hive I found here and here. We decided we like beekeeping but needed a better system that didn’t involve so much lifting. We looked at another idea which I will share in another post but decided this was the best for us. So when my grandson said he needed a project for his SAE project for Future Farmers, I saw my opportunity to make it. One of the really neat things about this one is that much of the material came from recycled materials we had saved. This one will hold up to 40 frames and has slats in it so you can check bees without distrubing all of the bees.
I also wanted something that would be pleasing to look at when a person drove by since our home is on a fairly busy road now. I thought it would fun to make the hive a piece of yard art. I hope to sell some hives. But this one will be kept for me. Enjoy the pictures.