I am hobbyist beekeeper in France and author of the Small Hive Project (http://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 (http://www.smallhiveproject.eu).
Feel free to comment the project.
Do you keep livestock? Having any problems? Want to talk about it, whether it be sheep, goats, chickens, pigs, bees or llamas, here is your place to discuss.
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