This style observation hive won the gold metal for equipment at the Apimondia meeting in Australia. It was designed by a German beekeeper called Bernard Mobus while he was the bee advisor to an agricultural college in Aberdeen, Scotland.
This Observation hive is actually a 5 frame nuc, which converts to an observation hive with the addition of the upper section. To do so, find the queen, put her into the upper section, and replace her frame with a division board feeder. (Feeder included, frames not.) The bottom is fully screened, the colony will not overheat as they process the syrup and care for the queen, and they can stay like this for days.
I just got this one and it was a little banged up in shipping, but nothing too bad. My only complaint is that it introduced another size frame to my life. ALL my other gear is medium size and this deep size is unnecessary. It could just as easily be strapped to a medium NUC box. Otherwise, its awesome. I painted it yellow and everyone who sees it wants to watch!
- dennis GRAY, TX
We have had one of these observation hives for a couple months now. It is well made and I am sure it has paid for itself already. It draws people in that would other wise just walk by. I really enjoy talking to the kids about the bees and everyone enjoys looking for the Queen bee.
- John Graf, FL
My Bee Club used this observation hive at a county fair. The bees did real well and the kids enjoyed finding the queen!!