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imago
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Joined: 07 Dec 2010
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Location: Switzerland, Rhone valley

PostPosted: Sat Apr 06, 2019 1:47 pm    Post subject: Multipurpose mini hktbh Reply with quote

I wanted to have a small version of the htbh that can be moved and that I could aslo use to host very small colonies. I also wanted to validate the design for the next full size hives I'm going to build.

This is really a luxury hive (it only misses the side window) and some parts could be simplified or skipped.

This one has small plastic feet to protect the side panels. It comes with four rotating entrances in case I want to keep a virgin queen for some times.





The side panel gives access to moveable varroa mesh and varroa floor for inspection and cleaning.




The hive can host twelve bars and there are three removable separators. I'll build vertical feeders if I need to feed them.



This is my third design. I like the deep bottom that can host a mesh and a board, a mesh only or even a drawer for a natural floor. It also allows me to evaporate oxalic acid to remove varroas.

I usually made more complex roofs but this time I wanted to have a simple and "easy" made one, it only has one inch of foam for insulation.
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imago
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Location: Switzerland, Rhone valley

PostPosted: Mon Apr 08, 2019 12:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is a prototype vertical feeder.



I usually worked with standard horizontal feeders (I've some feeding bars with holes) but they require an deep roof, this one will be fine for my mini hive with simple roof.

It can bee filled with sirup or fondant.
The entrance holes for bees are too big, they should be only 4-5 mm wide. It contains nearly 1 liter and is made of expansed PVC.
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TimC
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Joined: 05 May 2019
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Location: Wisconsin, USA

PostPosted: Tue May 07, 2019 3:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

imago... Very nice. I really like the idea of a saw kerf holding the follower board. Very clever. As long as the top bars are consistent widths I can see this working better than what I have for followers as the bees seem to get by them and then for some reason are trapped in no bee land.
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Location: Switzerland, Rhone valley

PostPosted: Fri May 17, 2019 3:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TimC wrote:
imago... Very nice. I really like the idea of a saw kerf holding the follower board. Very clever. As long as the top bars are consistent widths I can see this working better than what I have for followers as the bees seem to get by them and then for some reason are trapped in no bee land.


Thank you TimC but they are in fact not strictly follower boards but instead separators. This little hive has no follower boards.

I'll have to check how this work, but I'm afraid that the bee will glue them strongly, even stronger than follower boards or they'll put propolis in the kerf that will render them useless.

I'll come back in a year if I have an interesting feedback.
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