OK let's be fair, this isn't the cheapest way to keep bees, however it is a great looking design, quite practical and simple.
I do like the flexibility of being able to keep 2 colonies in the one hive, or expanding into one large colony.
The assembly was nice and easy, although the frames were a pain to do because the wax sheets were about 1/8" too large!
All in all I'm looking forward to seeing how the bees enjoy it...
hive was straightforward to assemble - good design!
Good product easy to build, the only issue I had was the rather time consuming job of converting the bee's over to the larger frames. The hive has been put onto the top of the garage and due to its design it is easy to fix down. Roll on next year then it will be Honey Time!
Given our wet, cold winters the Beehaus has one definite advantage over wooden bee hives - it's well and truly waterproof, and it's well insulated. I also love the space to expand, so much easier than controlling a swarm!
I bought the Beehaus a year ago and have had a colony in it since September 09. All the teething problems that I experienced were dealt with by Omlet, both in response to my requests and from their own discoveries, such as the side strengtheners for the inspection board, the replacements for the foam corner fillers and the addition of the mesh-floor strut. This was my first experience of keeping bees and therefore I was in no way prejudiced by experience with other hives, though I of course had looked at them. The Beehaus is very well designed and took my colony happily through that very severe winter. I think the brood box is a great size for building a big colony, the wasp guard works excellently, the working height is ideal and the half-weight supers are easy to manage. Being able to place them securely on the upturned roof is a very positive feature. It does take a little while to acclimatise to the queen excluders, the propolis on which I now scrape on a flat stone beneath the hive. I think that there is a bit of a problem in the centre divider arrangement, as bees find their way through to the other side (and die); I have solved this with duct tape and some pan-scrub as a filler, for there is a gap between the board and the hive wall, but it's a bit of a bodge! I also find that I need to check very carefully that the supers are properly in place; it's easy to allow a wasp entry gap by accident. Everything else is fine; it's woodpecker and mouse proof and you can secure it against winter storms by placing weights over the feet. We have enjoyed our first honey crop and I am now feeding up for winter. Thanks to all the staff at Omlet and to their Bolton bee supplier, who was very supportive indeed.
Really dissapointed with the quality of the dummy board & wax foundation supplied. Only 10 frames of brood & Super supplied, so not enough to fill even one side of the hive. Called to order extra frames, not available & no idea when they will be. Overpriced.
Very clean, easy to use hive, and some of the calmest bees I've ever come across. Very very good.
It doesn't take anywhere near as long to assemble, and is bigger than and about the same price as 2 new cedar standard british national hives. The Beehaus is at a good working height but I only have 1 layer of supers on. I now have 4 Beehaus. I put ratchet ties over all of my hives attached to a concrete slab for safety in high winds. This stops the plastic Varroa collection board in the Beehaus from coming out. It can still flap about in a storm potentially annoying the bees though. The design may not have the same cottage garden appeal as a fragrant cedar hive but hopefully it will provide optimum insulation over next winter, and it does look futuristic.