Hi folks! Having just finished Michael Bush’s “Practical Beekeeper,” which I LOVE LOVE LOVE (stayed up til midnight! Couldn’t put it down!) my fiance and I are super excited about building an observation hive. Michael makes such a strong case for how much one learns from them, and as total newbies, we need all the learning we can get
We’ve found several cool designs online, and have decided to go with something like this:
(single deep frames stacked vertically).
Here’s what we’re wondering:
The hive will be clear plexi on both sides. Can we still put it outdoors, or must we bring it indoors? Is one better than the other? Do we need hinged wood doors on either side, for privacy and/or insulation?
We will be filling this hive not with empty frames, but with 5-7 queenless frames full of honey and brood etc. Any special considerations? We will happily continue to feed the hive throughout the year.