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Movable Observation Beehive


A great tip for any new beekeeper would be to have one of these easy to make, inexpensive movable observation beehives. Ideal to observe for yourself what goes on inside a beehive, especially the brood. Fantastic to show friends & children. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUlTw50b9vQ


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Hi Stephen, thanks for adding your opinion, I guess we can’t agree on everything:) I just think new beekeepers have more intelligence than you seem to be crediting them with.


You will learn more about bees in a year of watching an observation hive than in 10 years of having them in hives in your backyard. A new beekeeper is likely to kill a hive or two. Why not learn 100 times as much in the process? And they might, with the constant feedback that observing them offers, manage not to kill them.


But three of four frames will have a much better chance of doing well than one. One is really only useful for demonstrations and talks and maybe a farm stand for a day.


I made that video 2 yrs ago. Shortly after that I made it into 3 frames with the idea of using a full frame in the middle & a foundationless frame either side, mainly to stop the bees building on the perspex. It’s still going strong today. Needless to say, I’m constantly weakening it. One thing I did learn from starting this hive is you only need one frame of brood & bees with a queen at the start of spring to get a hive going.


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Then they will get over their “hands off approach” as they should.

They need to start viewing bees as bees do–as a superorganism… not as individuals.

The sooner they get over these illusions the better off they will be.


This is Celia Davis

and her daughter Sarah from out Solihull group with their observation hive at a local fair recently (August 2015).

Celia puts the Queen and 2 frames, one brood and one super in her OH. She does this the morning of the show.

And bonus there was a one drone in there. The Queen was marked that morning so she stood out - The kiddies loved it


Hi Dexter, Michael answered those questions far more eloquently than I could have. Even if a new (keen to learn all about bees) beekeeper had one of these on loan for a while, he/she could sit there for hours, as I did, watching the bees do everything you read about. From the communication, cleanliness, wax building, queen laying, brood feeding, wax flakes. The thing that I saw that I thought was most incredible was bees working as a team to move air around inside the hive during hot weather. You wont see that in a temporary display hive. The beauty of my display hive is, it’s a working hive. If you sell honey at the door as I do, you can show any interested people, especially kids what goes on inside a hive. I get many wows at the point of removing the ply cover. The other thing is it’s inexpensive to make, plus it’s easy to take anywhere.