SmallHiveProject | www.smallhiveproject.eu

The SmallHiveProjet is a hobbyist beekeeping experiment.

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The Small Hive Project started in fall 2017, when a hobbyist beekeeper designed a small horizontal hive for backyard beekeeping. The prototype hive is currently in the public 6-year testing phase. Have a quick look at the results overview or browse the hive reports. You are also invited to participate in the project by building your own copy of the hive , and publish your beekeeping experience in a public hive report. Detailed information about the project and hive plans are available on the SmallHiveProject homepage. New content will be added over the course of the project.

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The Hive is designed to meet the following requirements:

To meet these requirements, the author thoroughly reconsidered hive volume and design of the Warré hive. The result is a small horizontal hive approximating the form of a cube (volume 25,7 L: height 300 mm, width 300mm, length 286 mm).

The hive is made up of three detachable components (3D hive model):

  1. A fixed-comb hive body, providing space for six 35mm-spaced (brood) combs.
  2. A fully movable 38mm width Huber-style leaf frame
  3. A Huber-style back providing 38mm of space for one additional comb

The hive entrance is situated in the lower-left part the hive front and is 25mm in diameter. A queen excluder may be inserted between the fixed-comb hive body and the leaf frame.

Bees are managed with little intervention:
This hive itself is intended to be a powerful management tool for favoring bee health and natural colony multiplication. It has been designed to hopefully get on well by letting do mostly the bees. The beekeeper's main task is to provide shelter for bees (hives = nestboxes), and in return to harvest some honey if appropriate. The size of the hive entrance may also be adjusted periodically to colony size (optional). Further details ...

Optionally, the hive may be attached to trees.
As an alternative to conventional hive stands the author of this website designed a tree mount. Attaching hives to trees is expected to favor wide colony spacing and to be advantageous for swarm catching (bait hive).

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