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Offline OzBuzz

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Observation hive kit etc
« on: October 10, 2012, 04:13:53 AM »
G'day folks, just wondering if you know any suppliers in Australua who have an observation hive kit? Either in kit form or completed? Or does anybody have one for sale?

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Re: Observation hive kit etc
« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2012, 05:48:15 AM »
Can't help you with the Obs Hive, sorry.

Packaging, labels, obs hive.... I'm sensing market stall here!

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Re: Observation hive kit etc
« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2012, 06:17:13 AM »
Great idea for a market store mate!
Its not something i have seen for sale.
You might have to make one..
Ben

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Re: Observation hive kit etc
« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2012, 11:36:40 AM »
hi i built this works well in summer  but th bees eat all there stores in the first mouth of winter  http://www.beesource.com/build-it-yourself/3-frame-observation-hive-2/01-obsrhive/ i would like to try one of these  http://www.brushymountainbeefarm.com/Ulster-Observation-Hive/productinfo/U501/

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Re: Observation hive kit etc
« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2012, 08:26:20 PM »
That three frame observation hive looks nice! I think we might run with that! the ulster hive looks good to - only problem with it i guess is you'd likely never see the queen which is why most people, especially kids, are interested in observation hives

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Re: Observation hive kit etc
« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2012, 12:56:54 AM »
what you do is put the queen up the top on the frame there is a queen excuder under the glass bit to keep her there make sure you mark the queen

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Re: Observation hive kit etc
« Reply #6 on: October 12, 2012, 01:18:12 AM »
Ah goood point! makes sense!

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Re: Observation hive kit etc
« Reply #7 on: October 12, 2012, 02:09:11 AM »
my one cost me about 150 in materials for my 3 frame one 5frame nuc would be cheaper to convert and more stabell on the table

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« Reply #8 on: October 12, 2012, 02:28:41 AM »
I like the idea of that nuc observation hive! and the benefit too is that you could just take the top off when not in use and use it as a normal nuc...

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Re: Observation hive kit etc
« Reply #9 on: October 12, 2012, 02:42:22 AM »
Great idea for a market store mate!
Its not something i have seen for sale.
You might have to make one..
Ben

Been planning on a ob hive here too for when i hit the markets  :)

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Re: Observation hive kit etc
« Reply #10 on: October 23, 2012, 07:35:38 PM »
I have almost finished a 3 frame obs hive. I found a number of plans for obs hives and checked them out. In the end I did not follow a set plan but worked out the correct spacing (paying attention to advice in Michael Bush's books). I spent quite some time drawing it out on graph paper.

Getting the uprights rebated and slotted for the glass and routed for the frame slots is the trickiest bit. I used a couple of pieces of 90x45 dressed pine and used a table saw (carefully adjusting the height of the blade to get the right rebates).



The most expensive parts were the glass, I purchased 2 sheets of safety glass which cost $110.

If you have a bit of time and a table saw you can build one pretty easily. I'm not very skilled at woodworking, but this project is not too complicated.



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john
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Re: Observation hive kit etc
« Reply #11 on: October 23, 2012, 09:40:47 PM »
Nice!

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Re: Observation hive kit etc
« Reply #12 on: October 23, 2012, 10:12:32 PM »
Good work, John. I'd like to see it occupied.

Welcome to the forum by the way.

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Re: Observation hive kit etc
« Reply #13 on: October 24, 2012, 07:15:02 AM »
clear pvc is cheaper than glass and is half the whight  which is good whn you are the market runer