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- Aluminium ‘A' Frame roof
- Stainless Steel Mesh floor
- Stainless / marine grade catches
- Aluminium Inspection Boards x 3 Marked Cross Sections
- Entrance on Left-Side with Cover
- Fits 32 Frames (full depth Hoffman Style – not included)
- Viewing window with wooden cover
- Divider Boards – x3
- Important Notes
- Meets NZ legal requirements
- Does not include frames (use with standard Full-Depth Hoffman frames – sold separately)
- Does not include Bees
- Does not include hive-stand (sold separately)
Four Seasons of Beekeeping in one hive-box
capacity to manage nectar flow and honey frame production
to capture population decline and enables’Wintering down’
The kiwi LIFESTYLER can be located on a deck, either attached to a strong railing with a proper structural brace, or you can choose to buy the purpose-built hive-stand.
Aesthetically speaking “the kiwi LIFESTYLER” looks good, and to impress your friends – comes with a viewing window.
The viewing window has a hinged-cover so as to keep the Bees happy and in the dark, but sheds light on them when your friends or family come over. The viewing window is positioned on the rear of the hive so will not interfere with the girls flight-path. (Margaret has positioned a chair by the viewing window so she can just sit and watch the girls at her leisure).
The gently sloping ‘A’ shape roof is easy to clean as its made from aluminium with a gloss that can be wiped-down to keep it looking crisp. The eaves designed wider than the box to create a drip-line which sits out far enough to protect the landing board from rain run-off and keeps the hive from getting damp.
The front-entrance has a landing board which comes with a bracket to hold a “Robbing Screen” or an entrance-reducer (not included).
The far side has an entrance with a simple rotating cover, designed for your annual split. Capped Honey Frames can be stored on this side and the cover can be turned to enable air-flow. The cover, simply turned to desired opening-size is easy to close-off, when not in use.
The internal features include 6 small hive mats, carefully shaped to fit snugly into a raised-edging to ensure no ‘bee-escaping’ whilst closed.
Varroa Mite Management
The beauty of the design of the inspection-boards is to make Varroa checks and treatments simple and easy, this is because the inspection-boards can be accessed from the rear of the hive, so your work will not to interfere with the girls flight-path.
In terms of varroa monitoring – you can do ‘natural mite fall’ counts over 24 or 48 hours by merely oiling the inspection-board's which will trap mites (grid pattern to help counts)…so easy to see what’s happening without having to open the whole hive. This is a great way to check the mite levels in Winter.
In terms of treatments – inspection-boards can also be used in conjunction with the kiwi vaporizer (using Oxalic acid crystals heat-transfer method). By simply placing the vaporizer on the inspection-board and inserting it, etc. This means you can do the treatment in a non-invasive manner any time of the year.
The hive comes with 3 moveable “divider-Boards”, designed to be able to be moved around to change space easily for different times of the year. They fit each section so as to prevent bees adventuring into other parts of the hive.
Bonus under the roof, is space – you can look at storing Some of your tools. The roof space comes with two plastic-mesh vented holes at each end.
On the rear side which has the viewing window, there are some slots which are designed for the Bee Frame Holder. This feature was added to enable holding frames while inspecting, so no bending-down required. From a hygienic beekeeper practice, it means that your frames will not get any bacteria from being on the ground and also you won’t stand on them !
Because you are working at one level it saves your back. You only need to lift individual frames not entire boxes.
Easy to conduct hive-inspections.
In our view, this is Beekeeping with ease, great for the Beekeeper and the Bees, all year round.
NB: This product comes assembled and is Pick-Up ONLY.
*** This product also has a Three week lead time ***