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tel jetson
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I used to consider windows a fun novelty. now, I would say they're a really fun and fascinating novelty and useful, too.

been watching this colony build quickly over the last ten days or so. unlike most of my other People's Hives, these combs are parallel to the top bars. they aren't, however, spaced the same as the top bars. there are eight top bars evenly spaced, but only six combs. there may be room for a seventh narrower comb, but certainly not eight.



as I only harvest whole boxes, this won't cause any real problems, but it is interesting.
 
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That is super cool Tel! I with have to think about making one in my next hive.
 
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Cassie Rauk wrote:I with have to think about making one in my next hive.


the design I use is pretty easy with a table saw. certainly takes more time than not building a window, but the material costs are only a couple of dollars more. if salvaged glass is used, the material cost might even be less.


this particular colony had been limping along since I hived it last spring. it never really took off. I don't know if they got themselves a new queen who is just now coming into her own, or if they finally hit their stride, but they are currently my most vigorous colony.
 
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I think it would be particular nice for my nosy nieces and nephews (and my dad) who are always wanting to know what is going on inside. I may have to talk to my handy-man husband . . . .
 
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Just what I needed, another project on my want to do list. Cool pic tel thanks for sharing.
 
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I should have taken another photo, but they've since attached a sixth comb to the window, and the other five have grown substantially. and it's only a day later. pretty fast building.
 
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there's been some nectar visible for the last few days.

 
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Tel, can you post a pic showing the window & the whole hive? Is there a door/shutter to close the window? I just made my first warre and I think I'll make a 2nd hive box with a window. I've bought some lexan and some screen so I've got some options.
 
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Cj Verde wrote:Tel, can you post a pic showing the window & the whole hive? Is there a door/shutter to close the window? I just made my first warre and I think I'll make a 2nd hive box with a window. I've bought some lexan and some screen so I've got some options.


there is a shutter that covers the window. I'll try to get a photo up before too long.

with lexan, you'll want to be sure to take into account expansion and contraction with temperature changes. you risk ending up with gaps from contraction or bowing of the window from expansion. totally avoidable with careful design, but something to watch out for.
 
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tel jetson wrote:
with lexan, you'll want to be sure to take into account expansion and contraction with temperature changes. you risk ending up with gaps from contraction or bowing of the window from expansion. totally avoidable with careful design, but something to watch out for.


I was going to pre-drill some holes in the lexan, do I need to drill a slot or a bigger hole to account for expansion? And not overtighten the screw?
 
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that could work. I cut grooves for the window to sit in instead of screwing it on, so I've never tried it that way, but in think that should be fine.
 
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