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An illustration of Frank Linton and the artist's daughter in front of an observation hive.
Illustration by Lela Dowling. Used with permission.

Whether you want an observation hive to increase your own knowledge of beekeeping or you want to set up an observation hive for introducing others to the wonder of honey bees, we trust you will find this site useful.

There's a lot going on in a honey bee colony; and the more we understand about colony activity, the better beekeepers we will be. Unfortunately, we usually keep our bees in wooden boxes and we cannot see what they are doing without disturbing them.


Fortunately, bees do not much mind living in glass houses, i.e., observation hives, where we can see what they are doing without disturbing them.

Frank Linton, owner of this website, stands smiling beside an observation hive in his home. The hive is an 18 inch by 30 inch tall, 6 inch deep wooden box with a glass front and a tube connecting to a window in Frank's home so that bees can go outside. The hive is full of bees.
Photo by Douglas Schauss. Originally published on MainStreetCityNews.com, June 25, 2013.
Used with permission.


I have had an observation hive in my house since 2005 and my beekeeping is better for it. The hive is also a hit with my neighbors, who even bring their visitors by to see it, and the occasional repairmen will pull out their smartphones and snap a photo to share with co-workers.


On thebeepeeker.com website, you'll find a comprehensive list of things to think about when selecting and installing your observation hive, as well as links to instruction sheets for setting up an observation hive, to some useful books, and to sources of observation hives.


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