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New here, just want to say hi

Like the title stated, hi, and hallo to all and no i am not new to beekeeping, been involved with bees since 1978.
A little about myself, i head a non-profit organisation which introduces beekeeping to cancer survivors and their families. The setup we use is a long langstroth hive supered with a flow. The bee hives are housed in a insulated shipping container with access through the sides, makes for wheelchair access and ease of service…

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Welcome!

Any chance you’ve got photos to share? I’d be interested to see and I’m sure others would be too!

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Hello and welcome to the Flow forum! :blush:

It sounds like you have a lot of experience, but if we can do anything to help, just ask. Your non-profit sounds amazing. So thoughtful to have long Langs for cancer survivors - no heavy lifting for inspections and as you say, wheelchair friendly!

Like @SnowflakeHoney, I would love to see some photos. If you want to post them here, just click on the 7th symbol (upload - a bar with an up arrow above it) at the top of the text entry window and follow the instructions that appear. I bet that Flow employees like @Bianca and @Freebee2 will be very interested in your project too. :wink:

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The long hive is nothing special, but i can upload a few pictures if you want to see, originally the long hives were ment for outdoors so you will see a roof on some of the pictures but after moving the hive indoor, i removed the roof and was able to stack it with a flow

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I am sorry to be a pest, but if at some point you have some photos of the hive in the container, I am very curious to see that. We have a Forum member, @Doug1, who houses his Flow hives in a wood structure. They are not long hives, but he has been very creative in his setup. I am especially interested in how you make an entrance for the hives inside a container. :thinking:

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In the attached picture you can see the entrances

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Welcome Greg! I’m also impressed and intrigued by your good work :star_struck: Thanks for the pics, but I’m still not getting enough - waiting for the film…:grin:

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This sounds like such a great project! I too am looking forward to seeing more pictures – especially of the shipping containers!

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Would love to hear your thoughts of the pros and cons of keeping hives indoors with through-the-wall exits…if you search some of my previous posts, you will see my setup as illustrated by photos and videos. Here’s how they look now from the outside, with all the extreme cold we’ve had. Lots of frost build-up on the ventilation fan outlet from metabolic activity in the hives.

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I have been trying to upload a video but it just comes up with an error everytime i try, there is a youtuber that has done some what the same setup as what i am doing with the differences being in my box dimensions and hive placement but how the hive connects to the outside world is 100% the same

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Clair_c …Container, it is only one at the moment, being a non profit raising cash is a slow process and we are only in our third year. The whole process starts with the local municipality running a program which allows cancer survivors to partake in a course where they pair up get to build a long hive. Once they completed the hive build then they are sent to the local bee keeping club where they partake in a beginner beekeeping course. Finally they get to setup their bee hives and install the bee families. So far the project is still in the trial fase and if we can get the requested number of participants then this project will be rolled out to other municipalities… Regardless whether it becomes a large success or ends up staying a small project with only a small follower group, the journey so far has been so rewarding :hugs:

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That is the nature of this Forum structure, I am afraid. The only way to post a video is to upload it to YouTube yourself (free and not hard), remembering to make it public, then post the share link here in the forum. I hope you have time to try it out sometime, as i would love to see a video of your setup. You are really quite an inspiration! :blush: