The Beehaus Beehive

The Beehaus is a new kind of beehive specially designed for keeping bees in your garden or on your rooftop. Developed to provide your bees with a safe, modern home in which to live it makes beekeeping straightforward and fun. The Beehaus comes complete with everything your bees need.

Beehaus beehive in garden with beekeepers using hive tool
Beehaus beehive in garden with beekeepers using hive tool
Bees crawling into bee entrance of yellow Beehaus beehive
Bees crawling into bee entrance of yellow Beehaus beehive
Beekeeper adding supers to green Beehaus beehive
Beekeeper adding supers to green Beehaus beehive
Closeup of bees on frames in green plastic Beehaus beehive
Closeup of bees on frames in green plastic Beehaus beehive
Beekeeper inspecting Beehaus beehive in garden
Beekeeper inspecting Beehaus beehive in garden
Beehaus beehive in garden, covered with bees
Beehaus beehive in garden, covered with bees
From

£499.00

Checking the honey supers of a Beehaus Beekeeping is a fun, social and rewarding hobby.

The Beehaus from Omlet makes keeping bees and collecting your own honey fun and rewarding. Bees are probably the most fascinating and certainly the smallest food producing animals you can keep at home. Now you can enjoy the amazing experience of beekeeping in your own garden or even on your rooftop. The plastic Beehaus beehive comes complete with everything you need to get started with beekeeping, you'll receive all the extras such as frames and wax foundation that you need before your bees arrive.

Inspired by the way bees live in the wild and building on the classic principles of beekeeping, you will find the Beehaus a delight to use. Omlet's service and support will give you all the confidence you need to keep bees in your garden.

The Beehaus can be split into two hives or kept as one large hive. The Beehaus has two entrances, a central divider and space for two colonies.

The plastic beehive brood box has two entrances - one at either end. There is enough space to accommodate 22 frames, which is double the number of frames in a traditional National hive. In spring when the queen is laying at her maximum rate your bees will be rapidly expanding in number. The extra space in the Beehaus allows you to either a) expand the hive as a single colony or b) divide the hive in two and start a second colony. This is an effective method of managing your bees’ natural urge to swarm.

Space For The Whole Bee Colony

Modern bees need more space than they did in the past because queens have been bred to be more prolific egg layers. The Beehaus uses deep National frames (14”x12”) that allow the whole colony to live in a single brood box. This simplifies inspecting your bees and is less disruptive to the bees compared to being housed in a double brood box system. Your bees will be calmer and easier to work with.

Woman holding up the supers of the Beehaus. The supers are easier to lift and handle than traditional supers. No more bad backs from lifting!

The Beehaus comes with four ‘supers’ for the bees to store honey. You place these boxes on top of the hive in the spring when the bees start collecting nectar. The supers use a standard National super frame. However for easy handling, the Beehaus’ super boxes are half the size and therefore half the weight of a traditional beehive super box.

Protected Bee Entrance

Wasp guard being applied to Beehaus entrance.

This plastic beehive comes with a stainless steel entrance block useful for temporarily closing the hive. The wasp guard turns your hive into a fortress that the bees find easy to defend.

Secure & Weather Proof

Cord being attached to secure Beehaus roof.

The lid and honeyboxes are held securely to the base of the Beehaus by a strong cord which is quickly fastened at each end of the hive.

Bee Inspection Tray

Inspection tray sliding out from beneath the Beehaus

This is located under the mesh floor of the house. It catches any mites or debris that fall from the hive which you can then examine to learn about the health of your bees.

How does the Beehaus work?

Bees need a warm, secure and dry place to live. In the wild, bees make their nest in a variety of places such as hollow trees and holes in rocks. Beehives were developed to make it easier to manage a colony of bees and collect honey. The diagram below explains the different parts of the Beehaus and their function.

Cross sectional diagram of the Beehaus.
Cross section of Beehaus showing ventilation and insulation. Twin Wall Insulation keeps your bees cool in the summer, and warm in the winter!

The innovative all-round double layer insulation helps keep your bees warm in the winter and cool in the summer. This is important as bees need to maintain a stable 35°C in the hive. They control variations in temperature by vibrating their bodies to generate heat or by using their wings as fans to circulate cool air.

Good Ventilation for Healthy Bees

The mesh floor ensures your bees have good air flow within the hive. It also allows debris and mites to fall out and this helps keep your bees healthy.

The Beehaus in a sunny garden. Pick the colour which suits your garden.

This beehive will bring your garden to life. Its compact shape means that finding a suitable spot is easy and the large range of attractive colours will suit any garden. You can keep bees whether you live in a town or the country. Bees are kept very successfully in urban gardens and rooftops where they forage in gardens and parks. Urban honey has a delicious flavour from the wide variety of plants available. In the country bees can collect nectar from crops, orchards and wild flowers.

Five Great Colours

You can make a statement in red, be sunny in yellow or keep it subtle with a Beehaus in green. Whichever colour you choose, you can be sure that it will look great in your garden or on your rooftop now and in years to come.

The different colours of the Beehaus (White, Green, Red, Yellow and Purple)

Free extras with every Beehaus

The Beehaus comes as a complete hive ready for you to keep bees. Not only that, we’re so confident you’ll love everything about the Beehaus and your new bees we offer a 30-day, no-quibble money-back guarantee.

4 Supers

Super.

Each super holds 5 frames - enough to store approximately 7-8 kgs of honey.

4 Cover Boards

Cover Board.

These fit on top of the supers and the hive to seal the bees in.

2 Clearer Boards

Clearer Board.

These are used to empty bees from the supers or feed the bees.

Frames

Frames.

10 deep National brood frames and 10 National super frames - including wax foundation.

4 Queen Excluders

Queen Excluder.

Stops the queen laying eggs in the honey supers

Hive Divider

Hive Divider.

Converts your Beehaus into two separate hives.

2 Hive Blockers

Wasp Guards.

Use to shut the entrance or provide protection against wasps

Mesh Floor

Mesh Floor

This ensures your bees have fresh air all year round.

Inspection Tray

Inspection Tray.

Shows up anything that drops out of the hive.

Guide To Beekeeping

The Omlet Beekeeping Guide.

A complete guide to keeping bees packed with useful advice Download Now For Free!

4 Honey Jars

Omlet Honey Jars.

Still taking wine to dinner parties? Your own honey is much more exclusive.

30 Day Guarantee

Omlet 30 Day Money Back Guarantee.

If you are not entirely satisfied with your Beehaus, you can send it back for a full refund.

Diagram to show Beehaus dimensions.

The Beehaus is raised off the ground on sturdy legs. You don’t have to bend to lift heavy boxes as you do with traditional hives. Having the top of the hive at a convenient height and with space alongside to rest tools makes the job much easier.

The image below shows an illustration of the Beehaus next to a national and WBC hive. You can see that the Beehaus is more spacious and set at a better working height than traditional hives

Positioning your Beehaus

An ideal spot in a garden is against a hedge or fence to protect flying bees from the wind and rain. You should position the hive entrance so that the bees can fly in and out in a straight line. A quiet spot in the garden away from frequently used paths is best.

Positioning a Beehaus. Garden Positioning

If you have neighbours then you can encourage your bees to reach their normal flying height quickly by planting a hedge or placing a fence approximately 2m in front of the hive. Bees normally fly above head height at about 5m above the ground.

Using a fence to encourage bees to fly higher. Bees normally fly above 5m high

If you live in a town and have a flat rooftop this can make a great spot to keep your bees. They can fly in and out of the hive undisturbed and will have a great view.

Positioning a Beehaus on a rooftop. Rooftop positioning
Putting frames in the Beehaus. Transferring your bees to the Beehaus.

Omlet can supply you with a colony of bees. Bees are typically supplied on six frames which you can put straight into your beehaus. There will be around 10,000 worker bees, a queen and sealed brood (new bees not yet hatched) on the frames. Bees are available between April and September. We will match your requirements with our list of locally available colonies.

Bees are subject to availability, so order early to avoid disappointment.

Collecting honey. As the old beekeepers' saying goes, "There's nothing better than spreading thick, delicious honey onto a slice of piping hot toast - except when it's been collected by your very own bees!"

Naturally, your bees wouldn’t expect to be able to live in such magnificent accommodation as the Beehaus rent free. You can collect an average of 50 jars of honey per year - although in a good year a colony may produce up to 100kg of honey! The amount depends on the size of the colony, the weather and the quantity and quality of the nectar near the bees. You’ll need to leave your bees with between 10 and 15kg of supplies to see them through the winter.

How to Harvest Honey

The simplest way of harvesting the honey is to uncap the comb and then scrape the honey into a colander which is sitting over a large container. The honey will drain from the wax into the container below. You can further strain the mush of wax by wrapping it in muslin cloth and the beeswax can then be used to make soap, candles, furniture polish, and a whole range of other useful things!

Starter Pack contents (beesuit with sturdy gloves, a hive tool and a smoker, heavy-duty steel hive tool)

Every beekeeper needs a beesuit with sturdy gloves, a hive tool and a smoker. Omlet has the best available and you can order them as part of the Beehaus Starter Kit package for only £30! This saves you £90 over the cost of buying them separately. You can purchase additional beesuits, gloves, smoker and tools in our beekeepers supply shop.

The full-length professional Beekeeper’s suit with veil will mean you can get close to your bees in safety. It can even be washed in a normal washing machine.

Our top-quality rubber gloves with gauntlets are just the thing to give you confidence when working with your bees and can be washed clean.

No need to use a hot, dangerous smoker to calm your bees - we supply a modern liquid smoke atomiser. You receive 50ml of concentrated liquid smoke and a 600ml atomiser. Simply fill the atomiser up with water and you’re ready to go.

Our heavy-duty steel hive tool makes opening the hive and lifting frames a doddle and give you years of reliable use.

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Your Reviews - The Beehaus Beehive

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Brilliant product. - Evelyn, 25 June 2015

Having received a replacement product we were dubious about our purchase. However we have been very pleased with our yellow beehause and the bees appear to love it too as they quickly expanded into the second side. The instruction manual has been extremely informative and a useful guide.


very easy to use but some areas to work on - Nicola, 16 May 2015

We are going into our third summer with our Beehaus here in Vancouver, Canada. The unit is very easy to use, all parts are light to lift, assembly of parts and frames with our kids was a breeze and inspecting the bees is straightforward. We have had either one or two colonies in it. We were new to beekeeping when we got it in 2013. We chose it because it looked easy to use and seemed like a good choice for an urban beekeeping Vancouver setting. We have now learned so much since then. Some feedback from us would be : 1. When we started we didn’t realize that National and Langstroth frames were different so getting additional frames/foundations for the supers etc proved to be a challenge. Omelet was able to get some things to us, but shipping adds up so we have learned to trim or not use wax foundation any more and we adapt the Langstroth wooden equipment as it is readily available here in Canada. 2. The supers seem to be not well insulated and caused us some grief when the Beehaus was westfacing in the sun. Last summer our supers were reaching full. It was an unusually hot summer for us here in Vancouver, it got into the high 30s for a few days. One afternoon, I came out and honey was literally pouring out of the small gap at the bottom of the super down the front of the outside of the Beehaus. When I took the frame out of the super, there was a hole in the middle of the outer most frame. The wax cells had completely melted. The heat was definitely focused in the centre of the frame so we really don’t know what could have happened. Lesson learned, the Beehaus is now kept under the shade of a tree and only sees dappled sunlight. Despite these two challenges, we still use the Beehaus along with our TopBar hive. Would be nice to do splits and things a bit more easily if the parts were compatible, but we love our bees and the keeping of them anyway! Perhaps we will add a Langstroth with a Flow Hive to the garden and really mix things up!


A good product with real potential - Susie, 6 April 2015

I really like the Beehaus. The height is good and I think it will be easy to use. We have yet to put bees in it for several reasons. The first being that it is too early in the season and it has been so cold to move bees. Secondly...there were areas where we felt we could improve the insulation. Having read lots of discussion about the Beehaus and noted the sometimes derisory comments....we contacted other Beehaus owners. Some now only use theirs for storage...others have sold it on.....others commented knowledgeably about the faults and improvements that could easily be made. So here is what we have done with our Beehaus. We took out the linings plastic in the walls and inserted Sheepswool insulation....all along the walls. We were careful to reinstate the inner walls to ensure the seals maintained there integrity. We cut queen excluders which fitted under two of the honey boxes...instead of one. This means there are fewer places where bees can get around the edges and therefore fewer places where the queen can get into the honey boxes. As we could see that the single queen excluders offered less than a perfect fit. In general..we don't use queen excluders in our other hives...which are all poly hives. The brood areas are given sufficient space to expand as needed. We are hoping this is true for the Beehaus...in that sideways expansion will negate the need for queen excluders. For this first season, though, we intend to use the exclude We are investigating the value of filling the roof with foam insulation in regard to increased weight to lift it off. Personally I like modern equipment..in general, it is easier to use and does a better job than traditional or old design. I also have an opportunity to have a Dartington wooden hive...so will run a comparison, which I know has been done before but everyone looks after their bees in different ways. Of course, the price of the Beehaus is a drawback. This one is a gift...an indulgence. For most beekeepers...who want to make their own hives out of scrap wood.....well it is not for them. We were also attracted because of our experience with the two chicken houses we have...a green cube and a purple eglu. These are proving to be good choices...our chicken are free range....they wintered well in them...and we live on an exposed hill. I intend running an interference free Dartington and would very much like to run a Beehaus along the same lines...as comparison to colony survival. Sadly funds don't stretch atm and there are very few secondhand for sale either. Still....perhaps we might be lucky to find one for sale. I hope this review is helpful to you Susie Jennings


Funky, practical and cheap for a double beehive! - Coleg, 14 July 2014

We purchased this beehive to use at Coleg with our learners. Many of our learners have severe disabilities and issues with their fine motor skills. The set-up of this hive makes it easy to use and suitable for everyone to get involved. We especially love the log book that came free with it. Thanks from Coleg Elidyr x


Worth-while sturdy hive - Raymond, 9 July 2014

I have only had my Beehaus just over a month. I bought it to house a swarm from my other hives, but I had to modify to house a 2nd swarm soon after. The bees in both colonies are very placid & so must be happy in their surroundings. I am used to WBC hives, but I would recommend somebody just starting out in beekeeping & has limited space to look at the Beehaus as an alternative, in several ways they are more 'user-friendly' than standard type hives. My colonies are still building the brood & have yet to start building up stores, I will review when this happens.

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