4.5 Out of 5 Stars (Based on 35 reviews)
I kept bees 30 years ago in a WBC and I decided to restart this year with the beehaus. I liked the look and the concept of two in one or one large insulated hive. I was a little surprised as to how big it actual was and how heavy. The first hive that was sent was slightly 'out of true' and so the top boards would not stay in
place, but there was no quibble from omlet who replaced it immediately. The service was excellent, and I now await my nucleus, hopefully my bees will like it as much!
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Recently bought the Beehaus and I am very pleased with my purchase. It was easy to put together and really well made. The instruction booklet that came with it provide really clear instructions and also gave brilliant advice on looking after the bees.
Already had Eglu Cube, so bought this too. It's easy to put together (though the instructions on assembling the frames could be a bit clearer). Very easy to access and inspect the bees.
Some bees find the entrance a bit slippy, but other than that, excellent.
Very good easy to put together and very very good to see the Bees . would be nice to have something on side to hang frames on when you take one out instead of putting on top of hive two hooks made of plastic or molded on Beehaus would be nice.BUT over all very good for the money.
Took a while to set up and make frames etc, but very straightforward. The frames the colony is delivered on are shorter than standard national frames, so advice on placing short, long, short, long would be a good idea in the guide (sorry if I have missed this).
It is easy to watch the bees coming and going. You can put your ear flat on the top and listen to their quiet hum.
We have yet to figure out how we put in extra food for the bees, we know they'll need it after the rain this. We know there is an Omlet helpline, but we haven't needed to use it yet.
So far so good. Three months in, and the Beehaus seems to be just the right solution for beekeeping on the roof of a small terraced house in London. Good kit, good manual, and even the bees seem well behaved. Some delays with delivery because 2012 has not been the greatest year for queen rearing - and all my local beekeeping association newbies have had the same experience. A small nigge re delivery of bits for the hive, but these were solved quickly and without fuss by the team at Omlet.
Easy to put together and it feels sturdy. The hive entrances are well designed, with a partly sheltered landing ledge for the bees, and it enables the entrance to be varied easily by the beekeeper, to open it fully, close it, or partly restrict it to help the bees to repel interest from wasps. I find the working hiegth to be excellent - as a bee-keeper of average height.
I have run a few polystyrene National hives, with the same sized frames 14" x 12", as used in the Beehaus. From a wear and tear perspective, both types will last many years, but the Beehaus, with no signs of damage from regular use, looks set to last much longer. A pleasing addition to the garden.
As we already have an Eglu for our chickens it was a natural decision when we decided to keep bees to go with the Beehaus, (we have yet to find some bees!!), but the Beehaus went together very well along with all the frames and seems very sturdy and easy to access - can't wait to get some bees!
Clever design with great advice and support from Omlet. Our first hive was so out of true (Measuring the diagonals we got 973mmx952mm) that we could not get anything to fit and we were unable to form effective bee proof seals. We struggled through a winter and eventually Omlet sent a replacement.....and with a new colony to replace our much weakened first colony we are now all systems go. Check the quality of manufacturing on delivery and talk to Omlet if you are doubtful, they are responsive and want to do their best for you....and your bees.
We are pleased with the Beehaus, the only adverse comment is that the roof does not locate securely without the supers being in place. We are both tall and the working height is great. The bees seem very content.
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