The Small Hive project - build a small horizontal hive

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The Small Hive project - build a small horizontal hive

Postby smallhiveproject » Fri Sep 22, 2017 1:03 pm

Hello everybody,


I am a French Warré hobbyist beekeeper and author of the Small Hive Project (www.smallhiveproject.eu)
This 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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Re: The Small Hive project - build a small horizontal hive

Postby GregV » Fri Sep 22, 2017 2:48 pm

Hi!
I tried looking at your site and it is timing out.

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Re: The Small Hive project - build a small horizontal hive

Postby Kwalt » Fri Sep 22, 2017 4:02 pm

The web site works fine for me. It looks like an interesting project to follow.

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Re: The Small Hive project - build a small horizontal hive

Postby GregV » Mon Sep 25, 2017 3:05 am

While the idea is kind of cool, I don't like it.
Too many moving parts for any good when in practical use.
Just make the hive size a little bit bigger and be done with it
(a simple uni-body hive is the most simple design that exist; why make it anymore difficult; 40-60 liters in volume will do).

I move hives a lot. Several miles sometimes between the yards.
I want to be able to drop the hive (by mistake or by design) and not cry over it.
The hive should hold together after many drops and slams (like when shaking the bees out).
Robust 40 liter nuc hives are my staple equipment.

To be fare, this hive could make a nice demonstration/conversation piece for a balcony or a small back yard.
But that's where it stands, for those type usages.


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