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PostPosted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 12:18 pm    Post subject: The Small Hive Project - JOIN US Reply with quote

Hi everybody,

I am a French Warré hobbyist beekeeper and author of the Small Hive Project (
This non-commercial project is about a small horizontal hive that I designed for backyard beekeeping.
Starting from spring 2018, I will populate 4 copies of this hive and share my experience on the website.

You may wish to participate in the project by building your own copy of hive.
To do this, you may build it from scratch OR transform one of your Warré hives.
Independent experimental data is necessary to evaluate the real potential of the hive design.

All necessary information is available on the project website.
New content will be added over the course of the project.
Stay tuned by subscrbing to the Newsletter on

The Hive has been designed to meet the following requirements:
- favor bee colony survival in low-input beekeeping situations (no Varroa treatment, no sugar feeding).
- adapted to rather small bee colonies of Apis Mellifera in environments dominated by agriculture (moderate nectar flow).
- suitable for comb honey production (Low productivity is acceptable, as long as sufficient for personal use.) easy to build and to manage.

Hive plans and more information are available on

Feel free to comment the project.

Thank you!
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Adam Rose
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Joined: 09 Oct 2011
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Location: Manchester, UK

PostPosted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 8:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting idea. I have subscribed to the email list. I know Barbara on this forum has at least one long lived colony in a TBH of about this size.

My "Japanese" hives are free comb based and based on 25cm x 25cm interior dimensions, but are vertical rather than horizontal. One of them kept falling over because it was on a slope so I reduced its height to what I think is a theoretical volume of about 36l, but the bottom most segment is open to the ground so the practical volume must only be around 33l.

Phil has also produced his quadrilateral hives, which I thought were really intended for queen rearing but could be put to a similar use.

I think there's a lot to be said for early swarming, smaller colonies, at least as part of part of an apiary or a more extensive beekeeping area.

My guess is that your hives will survive just fine if left to themselves, but I am wondering if they should be a little bigger if you plan to harvest anything. Barbara has said that she does not harvest from her hive of this size.

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