Basic Observation Hive Box
This is a very basic style of a tower observation box. It has one single internal space with a volume of 6.2 litres. You could easily make them different sizes, larger or smaller.
Tips for getting it set up
It’s up to you how you want to get bees in to the box. This process requires you to have some knowledge about Stingless Bees. There will be many different opinions on the best way to do it
Option 1. Transfer a colony. You can transfer some brood and a small amount of Propolis in to the box to help them get started. You’ll need to remove the clear window to gain access. The second version of the box has a removable rear panel.
Option 2. Budding/Eduction. This might be the best way to watch the bees build a new colony. I’ve added a hole in the side. This can be used for either a vent, or budding/eduction. See photo below…
Update…Rear access panel – Version 2
Most, if not all observation boxes require you to remove the clear window If you want to do a transfer. I’ve modified the design of these basic boxes to include a rear access panel. The rear panel can be removed with two screws to give access to the box without removing the clear window. ***I haven’t tried it out with a live colony yet so this needs some trials/
Update below: 13/12/2020
Basic observation box connected up to another box for Budding/Eduction
Update Below: 02/01/2020
The bees are showing great interest in the new box!
Update below 05/01/2021
Three days later??? See the progress from the previous photo
Below: adding pots to the walls, pollen or honey?