A ledger of activities in my apiary: problems, outcomes and information for me to look back on for decision making processes.
Sunday, February 13, 2011
New octagonal observation hive
At last I was able to complete my new hive. It is 13 1/2" across, a little larger than the standard +-12 X 12 Warre hive. As you can see, it has a roof which is vented, the vents screened to prevent intruders. Under the roof is the insulated quilt. Each super has a door, behind which, is a Plexiglas window for viewing the bees without disturbance. Because I like comb honey, I'm going to modify a standard section frame super to fit on top. This of course will require an additional standard cover to fit the super, possibly a vented quilt for it also. You ask, why bother with such a fancy roof?? It is a conversation piece for the first year while the colony is building and to use in the winter time. Besides, this is a fun project and I have nothing but time on my hands. Anyone interested, leave a comment.