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This new design of the Hive Hotel will allow beekeepers to more than triple the amount hives they currently have. It will also make hive management much easier and less stressful on our backs and on the bees. This is accomplished by combining the ideas of many different hive designs and adding something new; we use the frame design from the Langstroth hive, the structure from the Topbar hive, and the uniformity from the Slovenian hive. In addition we have added a series of openings from one hive to the next that can be opened and closed by the beekeeper. This design allows The Hive Hotel to take up less space and be more efficient than other hives and apiaries. Each Hive Hotel takes up a 4 foot by 4 foot space and can accommodate up to 4 hives when full. That same space could normally accommodate only 1 hive.
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As a beekeeper gets older or if they suffer an accident, lifting and moving 60 to 100 pound boxes of honey and brood is a strain on the back. It is also hard to avoid crushing bees when the heavy boxes are placed back on the hives and beekeepers are constantly working to avoid the swarming of the bees. The amount of land necessary for the hives is also a concern and that is why I designed The Hive Hotel.
If someone wants to have an apiary, the main hive they currently go to is Langstroth hive. Its portability is its main strength but stacking boxes is also its main weakness. When people see there is no heavy lifting, no crushing bees when boxes are put back on, no swarming, and less space needed for an apiary (or more hive capability in the same space) they will turn to the Hive Hotel. There is also no need to have a separate storage area for boxes and frames in the winter time. how.