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.
Instead, BEEcosystem customers receive our simple, noninvasive transfer tube solution—allowing anyone to house their hive inside without having to damage property by drilling a large hole in an exterior wall. 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.
Our simple window unit is comprised of a durable insulating foam block, which can be cut-to-length to fit snuggly into any sliding window, whether double-hung or horizontally sliding. A pre-cut circular hole in the window unit fits tightly around the transfer tube’s entrance/exit hole, allowing the bees to come and go as they please right through your sealed window, and sparing your exterior walls from invasive modifications. An outdoor-facing landing platform is also included, which clamps securely around the window unit to sit outside right below the entrance/exit end of the transfer tube, giving your honeybees a convenient perch for takeoff and landing.