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Hive 10 [USA, Rhode Island]

Posted: 17 Apr 2018, 19:41
by bensmith0149
Movable frames are required here so I changed the fixed-comb hive body to top-bar hive body and changed the internal dimensions to 300 x 300 x 227.5 mm which gave me 7, 31.75 mm top-bars.

The hive is 5 meters up and facing South.

Re: Hive 10 [ Rhode Island, USA ]

Posted: 18 Apr 2018, 13:36
by A.K.
Your modification of the fixed-comb hive body with top-bars sounds interesting, especially if movable combs are legally required.

You reduced spacing of the combs in the body from 35mm to 32mm (as did Michael Bush). Did you also modify spacing for the movable honey frame and the back of the hive from 38mm to 32mm ?

Re: Hive 10 [ Rhode Island, USA ]

Posted: 18 Apr 2018, 13:47
by bensmith0149
I did not change the size of the honey frames.
The honey frame spacing is 38mm.

Re: Hive 10 [ USA, Rhode Island ]

Posted: 10 Jun 2018, 14:43
by bensmith0149
Yesterday I had a swarm in a nearby tree, many scouts looked at my small hive but the swarm flew away.
I think since I had the queen excluder in place that the cavity appeared to be to small.
I removed the queen excluder and am hoping for better results the next time.

Re: Hive 10 [ USA, Rhode Island ]

Posted: 10 Jun 2018, 21:42
by A.K.
Thank you for sharing. Too bad that the bees did not choose your SmallHive. I wish you good luck for next time, keep us informed. The presence of 'many' scout bees clearly shows that your SmallHive has been considered by the bees as a possible choice, but apparently there was an even better alternative. As the hive is new (no propolis, no combs), you may want to apply some kind of swarm lure to make it more attractive. The book 'Honeybee democracy' by Thomas Seeley is an excellent reading to understand how bees choose their nestside. Highly recommended!

Re: Hive 10 [ USA, Rhode Island ]

Posted: 11 Jul 2018, 22:50
by A.K.
Hive report closed at request of OP.