Forget a doll house, this girl wants a Beehaus

January 20, 2011 | By | Comments (5)

Ever since I first saw the Beehaus about two years ago, I have been dying to have one.  Made by Omlet, who also makes the Eglu, the Beehaus may be revolutionary for the urban beekeeper.  At the time they were only sold in the UK, but yippee-skippies for me, they are now being sold in the US. Unfortunately, if I ever decide to buy one, it will set me back about $860.

Ps_bh_thebeehaus_1_lgImage courtesy of Omlet.us

Elements I love about the Beehaus

  • The trough design prevents having to lift the heavy, honey-laden boxes during inspection
  • The honey supers are a more manageable size, holding only 6 frames a piece
  • It uses standard-size frames
  • You can divide the Beehaus into two separate hives
  • Two entrances that can individually be reduced or closed for the bees’ protection or transportation
  • Built-in inspection tray
  • Standard mesh bottom
  • Easy to disinfect plastic, versus the traditional wooden boxes that require blow-torching if disease has taken over the hive
  • The hive stand is built-on
  • Triple the insulation of a standard wooden hive
  • Based on its sleek, modern appearance, people will think beekeeping is the hip new thing (which it totally is)

Apprehensions

  • The plastic may not weather well in the sun
  • The legs are not conducive for ant traps
  • There is no system for a feeder
  • Frame holders may not be able to clip-on to the side of the hive
  • The price, starting at $860, does not include enough frames to fill the hive

Ps_bh_hivesexplained_parts_all_ Image courtesy of Omlet.us

COMMENTS

  1. Lynn

    I have the OMLET chicken houses…(two in fact) the colors don’t fade- I wouldn’t let that be a concern. I have the very pretty Pink and lovely Lime Green…(just like the Beehaus) Great colors! I only have one bee hive, but it is just the old fashioned wooden stuff! hahaha

    April 16, 2011 at 5:55 am
  2. Bree Mc

    The deep frames the Beehaus uses can be purchased from any major beekeeping supply company.

    January 21, 2011 at 6:54 pm
  3. Allison

    I’m curious about those brood frames. They look pretty square; this would mean you’d be trapped into buying their frames, right? The super frame looks like a standard medium, so that would be okay. Your list of apprehensions, as well as the cost, make this a no-go for me. It does look really cool, though. I still prefer our wooden boxes, which we’ve painted pretty colors. :)

    January 21, 2011 at 1:37 am
  4. Randy Sue Collins

    If you want to learn how to start beekeeping check out Organic Beekeeping 101.com.

    It’s a must have for anyone desiring to become a beekeeper.

    Also another alternative hive is seen at http://www.ThankNature.com

    It’s called the Hex Hive. I invented it.

    January 20, 2011 at 11:04 pm
  5. MIke Lieberman

    Beekeeping has become more and more of an interest to me lately.

    It’s good to see a product like this for urban beekeepers, but the pricey is definitely out there.

    Hopefully other affordable solutions will come in the future.

    January 20, 2011 at 6:44 pm

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