Observation hive question

Discussion in 'General Beekeeping' started by Zulu, Apr 20, 2012.

  1. Zulu

    Zulu Member

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    So I would love to have an observation hive in my office, the problem is that it is in the attic and I have knee walls, so the "pipe" for An entrance would have to be about 6 ft long
    would the bees still work the hive ok with such a long path ?!

    I was thinking of using a 1.5" vacuum port on the wall which goes to an outside entrance just below the eaves, it will automatically close if I pull the obs hive out, keeping bees in the pipe and outside.

    Ideas or comments ??
     
  2. Bens-Bees

    Bens-Bees New Member

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    Short answer - no.

    Long answer - the bees will end up clogging a tube that long with debris from the hive and it won't allow enough air flow for the bees to properly circulate air through the hive.

    Possible workaround - drill small (1/8th inch or smaller) holes as densely as you can in the area of the entrance pipe next to where it connects to the observation hive so that the bees can have the airflow they need and then you'll still have to closely monitor the rest of the pipe and clear out any clogs quickly before they impact the ability of the hive to bring in needed resources.