The STANDARD HIVE CASE
from Bonterra Bees
comes in two Case widths;
"DOUBLE WIDE" DW & "SINGLE WIDE" SW
We recommend a DW, double-wide Hive Case for:
COLD WINTER AREAS
(Areas with more than 60 contiguous "no-fly" days where temperatures are less than 45 degrees combined with rain and\or snow)
(Our 6,8 & 10 frame DWs may only need minimal maintenance)
PUBLIC EXHIBIT CENTERS and SCHOOL CLASSROOMS
(Where minimum upkeep and maintenance are desired)
FERAL HIVE MODE
(all our Observation Hive Cases are designed for Feral, natural colonies, as opposed to honey production Hives)
We recommend an SW, single-wide Hive Case only for:
(who have supplementary honey and brood resources available to be added to the Observation Hive, if needed)
YEAR-ROUND WARM AREAS
(that have few "no-fly" days and nearly continuous bloom resources)
AS A LAB OR STUDY HIVE
(for higher level school and institutional Bee study programs)
We are often asked:
How often will I see the Queen in a DW vs. a SW?
In our experience this is a non-question. In a DW the Queen will be on the outside every day in the foraging and brood season, laying eggs and searching for clean cells. Indeed some of the time she will be between frames.
There are so many other activities by other Bees, bringing in nectar and pollen, storing honey, packing pollen, building comb, new bees emerging and nursing the Brood, and watching those amusing, lazy, unavailing Drones. You'll want to see the whole Colony do it's thing. You will see the Queen often and sighting her and watching her will be even more exciting.
Most importantly, the DW offers better "clustering" during Winter and that is essential to a colony's well being.