I live in the Rocky Mountains of Montana, US. I have lost 2 other hives to weather and bears. Now we have an insulated metal building we use for our barn and I am planning to try a Flow Hive in 2018.
My question is what are your thoughts about the following plan.
We are looking at placing the hive inside then building with a tube to the exterior. This would allow the bees and people full access to the hive and exterior while protecting it from wildlife and weather extremes. The section of the barn we plan to use has a standard door and an equipment hanger door about 3 meters away. With these open on a calm day, I think we would be able to do inspections and any bees in the barn could find their way to its exterior door.
I appreciate your candid feedback and guidance.