Hive Features & Accessories
Besides modularity, there are some additional key features that differentiate BEEcosystem from other observation hives. If you plan to setup your BEEcosystem hive indoors, we understand if you may have concerns about failsafes—that’s why we include spring-loaded safety closure hinges. No other existing observation hive to our knowledge employs this type of simple auto-closure mechanism. With our integrated safety closure hinges, should the transfer tube ever become disconnected at either end—at the HexHive body or at the window unit—the spring-loaded hinges automatically seal off the honeybees to remain safely inside the hive body and/or outside the window unit until the tube disconnection can be corrected.
Other indoor observation hives on the market require the beekeeper to drill a hole from the inside to the outside their exterior wall, just to accommodate the simple transfer tube that bees move through to come and go from indoors to outdoors. When almost every exterior wall now seems to have sliding windows, we thought this was a silly standard requirement for an indoor observation hive setup.
Try out the indoor hive without making any permanent modifications – if you later decide to move it outdoors, or to make a wall modification to install it indoors more permanently, you are able to do so normally. To try it out without making any permanent modifications yet, you could simply cut a durable insulating foam block to fit in between the window opening. Drill or cut out a 40 millimeter hole to connect the transfer tube to and you are good to go. Another option would be to replace a piece of glass with plexiglass. This option is used a lot nowadays and works perfectly.