Package or nuc to start an observation hive

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  1. soonerfan66

    soonerfan66 New Member

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    I would like to start an observation hive , 8 frames , would a nuc box work good for it or what is the best way to go about it . Thanks .
     
  2. roadkillbobb

    roadkillbobb Active Member

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    any hive technically can be made into an observation hive, are you going to be building it or putting the glass window or windows in?
     

  3. soonerfan66

    soonerfan66 New Member

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    I was going to use plexiglass and was going to be setting it on a table in corner of the room .
     
  4. roadkillbobb

    roadkillbobb Active Member

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    what room? inside your house?
     
  5. soonerfan66

    soonerfan66 New Member

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    Was thinking in bedroom . And I have been thinking that since it would be more interesting to see them work from more or less the beginning with just a few frames instead of a head start with nucs will try a split from one of the hives I have already . Thanks roadkillbobb for your in put with this .
     
  6. roadkillbobb

    roadkillbobb Active Member

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    let me get this right, you want to put a bee hive inside a bedroom in your house? or outside a window so you can look out and see what they are doing?
     
  7. soonerfan66

    soonerfan66 New Member

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    Sorry . It will be in the bedroom probly and sitting on a table or dresser . I want to use fewest frames possible , the observation hive plan to build will have room for 8 frames total . I am wanting to use fewest frames possible to be able to see them build up . And want to use foundationless frames to .
     
  8. roadkillbobb

    roadkillbobb Active Member

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    UMM NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! this is not like an ant farm..the bees dont stay in the hive they fly around and need to be OUTSIDE unless you want to get real cozy with lots of stinging bees....
     
  9. roadkillbobb

    roadkillbobb Active Member

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    google observation hives, you can make or buy a hive that sits by a window and you can watch what goes on inside the hive by having a glass panel( plexi glass will cloud and you wont see much in time)they also make observation hives that have a tube to run out the bottom of a window and you seal around it so the bees stay out of the house and the hive sits indoors but is not a good idea as the bees in the winter wont know what todo as the hive will be too warm if it sits in a heated room..
     
  10. soonerfan66

    soonerfan66 New Member

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    Yes lol !!! I planned on having a clear tube running outside threw the wall with 2 valves to be able to close it at the wall to keep them from coming back in and a valve at the OB to keep them from flying out when it is needed to unhook it to take outside to do work on the inside of the OB . It will have a easy disconnect between the valves . On the being to warm during winter I will need to do more reading on that . Might have to move it to laundry room or garage ? I have been building a OB for a while and next step will be the plexi glass or glass install . Have heard good and bad on that part . I know the plexi glass is not as cheap as thought so I may when get time price glass . I am not sure what it's called but would want to use the glass that if it does get hit or falls won't shatter and just fall out , it spider webs .
     
  11. roadkillbobb

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    tempered glass is what you want...ok now that you explained the hive inside a bit better that will work,LOL...I had to figure you didnt want a room full of bees.. and in the cold weather you will need to put it outside .
     
  12. Gypsi

    Gypsi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Brushy Mountain makes a pretty good observation hive. I picked one up used but ended up selling it as really didn't have a place to set it up. It was 4 or 5 frames