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Observation Hive

Plans? Want plans? Here’s a Google Sketchup based plan for this hive: observation hive.skp This hive is one frame high and four frames wide. It is large enough so that a small colony of bee can sustain itself during the summer. And it is easily transported for demonstrations or maintenance work. Details Observation hives are […]

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Combo Long Hive

Want plans? Here’s a Google Sketchup based plan for this hive: combo long hive.skp My combo hive is a cross between a long hive and a standard hive. It has many advantages of both. Two supers, back to back, can set on top . This hive: is managed both horizontally and vertically uses deep frames […]

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Vertical Top Bar Hive

Here’s a Google Sketchup based plan for this hive: vertical top bar hive.skp Criteria I’ve come up with my version of a vertical top bar hive using the following criteria: designed for prolific bees in a northern climate tall enough for small cell sized comb development one box per season rotation square configuration interchangeable cover […]

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Tanzanian Top Bar Hive

Plans? Want plans? You can save and print this image. Or download a Google Sketchup based plan for this hive: tanzanian.skp Criteria Since building the Kenyan top bar hives, my priorities have changed: no need to raise queens or nucs in the far end prefer harvesting at several, frequent intervals sloped sides don’t reduce comb […]

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Kenyan Top Bar Hive

Want plans? Just save or print this image. Need more? Here’s a Google Sketchup based plan for this hive: kenyan.skp Criteria I used the following criteria for a functional top bar hive: easily built use conventional material 3 to 4 deep supers in volume low to the ground preventing wind or cattle damage easily moved […]

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