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Hello everybody,


I am a French Warré hobbyist beekeeper and author of the Small Hive Project (www.smallhiveproject.eu) non-commercial project is about a small horizontal hive that I designed for backyard beekeeping. Starting from spring 2018, I will populate 4 copies of this hive and share my experience on the website.

You may wish to participate in the project by building your own copy of the hive. To do this, you may build it from scratch OR transform one of your Warré hives. Independent experimental data is necessary to evaluate the real potential of the hive design.

All necessary information is available on the project website.
New content will be added over the course of the project.
Stay tuned by subscrbing to the Newsletter on the website

The Hive has been designed to meet the following requirements:
- favor bee colony survival in low-input beekeeping situations (no Varroa treatment, no sugar feeding).
- adapted to rather small bee colonies of Apis Mellifera in environments dominated by agriculture (moderate nectar flow).
- suitable for comb honey production (Low productivity is acceptable, as long as sufficient for personal use.) easy to build and to manage.

Hive plans and more information are available on the website.

Feel free to comment the project.

Thank you!
 

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interesting concept, as everything else we humans touch, its ends up being all about the bottom line at any cost...most keep bees on what big bee keepers do for max honey production and not whats best for bee health..
 

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Sounds interesting. I don't crowd my apiary because my flow is so small and available forage nearby is very scarce most of the year, too many mouths to feed no honey and I have to feed too much. Disease reduction is a side effect.

However, inspectable frames are a legal requirement in Texas, and if I didn't feed I wouldn't be a beekeeper for long, tried that on the first hive, it lasted 3.5 months, just a month into the summer dearth they took off
 

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Call for participation in 2019!
Building your hive(s) right now - before the cold days - would be fine if you consider to join the project next spring. Maybe as a family project during automn holiday ? A weekend should be also enough time... Refer to the project website for all necessary information (videos, plans ...) Feel free to contact the publisher for any question or advice.

First results overview is online at http://www.smallhiveproject.eu/?results.html
 
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