Beekeeping & Wildlife Supplies, Cornwall, South West UK
These are designed for the temporary observation and display of honey bees. When not in use the nucleus hive is managed as usual in the apiary. When observation or display is required, place the queen and the frame she is on into the observation top and replace this frame with the frame feeder. Use a weak 25% sugar syrup so the bees can dilute their honey stores. The whole unit can be carried and transported, it is advised to use a hive strap when moving any box of bees. A small colony is not harmed by temporary confinement as long as they have food stores so limit use to a day or two. This is a good way to make use of a retired queen bee.