National Observation Hive, Pine
Pre Order now for delivery early 2021.
Our Observation Hive lets you take a 5 frame nuc on the road to teach the intricate workings of the hive.
Pull one frame up into the viewing area before you leave and when you get there just remove the viewing area shutters and watch your audience be amazed!
Comes with the 5 frame nuc box, viewing compartment with shutters as the cover and an attached floor.
Perfect for the classroom or showroom!
Because of the glass this item is excluded from free shipping.
About this item
I was very happy with the service and delivery. The standard of the woodwork is very good considering the price, however, I was disappointed with the standard of the fittings. The hive is advertised as being suitable to take into a school but a risk assessment of the spring toggles fitted to the hive would show that they would be easily operated by young children and as there was no way of locking them, they would cause me considerable anxiety if I were to take them into a school. I have replaced all of the spring toggles with a lockable type, which don’t cost a great deal, and now consider the item safe for using in schools, at shows etc.
I was pleasantly surprised when this Observation Hive arrive, I had expected far less quality for the money. However the craftsmanship is careful and the item extremely well finished. There are no rough edges, the parts fit together very well and slide easily where required to move. The hinges are robust and the glass substantial. There has been attention to detail too, with small screw holes being covered with plugs of wood. From a practical point of view, there is ample ventilation, there is a varroa screen, and the 'bee space' is correct. A queen excluder between the nuc box itself and the glass viewing top will ensure that the queen and drones can be on view as well as the workers should you wish. It is substantial, sturdy construction and I am extremely pleased with this purchase.
We ordered an observation hive and it arrived in plenty of time for our demonstration. The only adverse comment we have was that it was difficult returning the bees to the hive. It would be easier if the glass sides were removable. A good purchase, prompt service and very worthwhile. Catharine J. Edwardes-Evans.
This hive is fabulous looking , well crafted , and am sure the schools and scout groups that have asked already for a visit will be very impressed too
Wonderful product for school use