The Hexa-Hives are experimental hives that continue to be changed and adapted.
This page contains details on the Hexa-Hives.
Construction and operations of the hives, changes, alterations and best practices, in chronological order:
If you tweak a Hexa-Hive, or add changes that make the box a better place for bees or humans, please share this knowledge with christina(at)melliferopolis(dot)net!
The original Hexa-Hive, design by Kiran Ganghadaran:
First alterations to enlarge the hive, and lift it up from the ground. Now, the hive hosting the bees is on a pole, the boxes on the ground are for the comfort of human visitors.
The first Hexa-Hive Village is being built in Otaniemi :
A roof is added – made of copper, to protect the bees and the wood.
The hives are semi permanent in Kaisaniemi Botanic Garden. Honeysamples are taken for research.
Some ideas on the issues and possible solutions found in Hexa-Hive_constructiondetails.
The Hexa-Hive village is enhanced by the Airstrip for Bees, a flowering bed for pollinators. First installation in Kouvola Art Museum:
Several “invisible” alterations are added for the bees’ comfort – aeration and change of the flying hole towards the bottom board are the most important.
Internal changes: In order to make the work with the Hexa-Hive less destructive and to give the bees higher frames (the Hexa-Hive frames are very “short”), the box was changed on the inside. Some images:
2018: The Distributed Hexa-Hive Village:
In 2018, two Hexa-Hives were sent to other locations in Europe. One is currently in Bremen, one is in Bristol.
More information on the experiences in these places will be reported soon.