|My observation hive in use. Our stand won second prize!|
For many years I have borrowed observation hives, but this year I decided that it was time I got my own one. All the events I go to are one or two day events, so I was looking for a temporary observation hive with one visible frame with glass on each side. The queen is trapped on this frame, but the workers can go down through a queen excluder to get to another 5 or 6 frames in a nucleus box below. I think this is enough of an approximation to a ‘normal’ hive to keep the bees trapped inside for a day. I don’t have a requirement for a permanently installed observation hive where the bees can fly out.
|The 'Observation' part of the hive|
|Clip with safety catch|
|Flight hole closed and secured|
|Flight hole open|
|Observation hive in use at Hanbury Hall|