Is the B-BOX suitable for schools or homes with children and pets?
Many of our customers have never kept bees before. The B-BOX team focused on making the hive as safe as possible.
Unlike traditional beehives, the B-BOX has a special "chimney" that allows bees to enter and exit the hive 2.2 meters above the ground.
The whole family can approach and observe the hive without disturbing the bees and without the need to wear protective clothing during observation and honey collection.
Since the bees are not domesticated animals, you have to learn their language to better understand them and avoid making them feel like they're in danger. They could see shaking the hive as a threatening gesture - this could scare them and force them to protect themselves by stinging.
Are there any legal restrictions?
For Italian users:
You can find the link of the official document below:
In Article 8 the distances are regulated by:
"The apiaries must be located not less than ten meters from public transit roads and not less than five meters from the borders of public or private properties. Compliance with the distances referred to in the first paragraph is not mandatory if there are differences in height of at least two meters between the apiary and the places indicated therein or if walls, hedges or other suitable shelters are interposed, without continuity solutions. passage of bees. These guards must have a height of at least two meters. However, agreements between interested parties are reserved. "
The chimney exit is more than the 2 meters high, but in any case it is good to inquire if your municipality has more restrictive indications by calling the veterinary ASL..
For International users:
A lot of countries have similar laws to that of Italy regarding this issue, but we suggest you check with your local legislations to be 100% sure.
Does the B-BOX come with the bees?
Beeing does not supply bees. A local beekeeper can provide you bees, help you with the installation and follow you over time to gain experience in managing the bees.
Don't worry if you don't know a trusted beekeeper, we are happy to help you in your search and guide you in the right direction.
Do I need to be an experienced beekeeper to get started?
You do not have to have prior experience in order to get started with the B-BOX, since it is made to make getting into beekeeping much easier by being more user friendly. We do suggest to enroll in beekeeping courses or read up on beekeeping before getting started!
Won't the light harm the bees?
With our hive, the transparent walls are normally covered with a wooden cover. We worked with a lot of researcher who have concluded that bees aren't actually afraid of bright habitats, but they associate dark places with safety. Since there aren't any "transparent walls" in nature, they stick with darkness in the wild.
How do you know if you're taking the right amount of honey?
We suggest to leave some honey for the bees to eat as well, so we measured and constructed our hive in a way that bees have enough food. When you take the honey from the honeycomb area, you won’t be taking too much.
How long do the hive materials last?
The hive is made out of wood with a layer of water based wood stain. We suggest giving it another couple of layers of wood stain to prolong the life of your hive. Just like any other wood – it would need to be painted every 2 years.
Do I need a big property to be able to have the B-BOX?
The B-BOX is ideal for smaller spaces and urban environments because it requires only 1 square meter of space. So even if you don't have a large yard, the B-BOX will still work properly. Bees have a fairly wide range (up to 5 km) when looking for food, so as long as there are parks or lush gardens in your area your bees will be very happy!
In any case it is good to always check if there are particular restrictions in the place where you want to install the B-BOX.
How do you do hive inspections?
The B-BOX can be opened up just like any other hive – you can get in there and give the bees a thorough check up. Simple things like swarm growth can also be seen from the transparent walls.
How do you deal with swarming?
Since the hive can be opened up, you can deal with swarming the traditional way - by removing queen cells, or letting them swarm! You can also add a honey super in between the upper and lower part of the hive for extra space.
What are the frame sizes?
The hive fits both the Dadant and Langstroth frames. The top bar can be a maximum of 48.5 and a minimum of 45.5 cm in length.
Can bees live in the city?
Yes, bees can also live in an urban context. The massive use of pesticides that is done in intensive agricultural areas has made beekeeping almost impractical. On the contrary, in an urban context, the use of pesticides is very limited and bees manage to find a comfortable shelter in the city.
It is important to find an adequate space, installation in the garden or on a rooftop is recommended in order to disturb them as little as possible.
You have two options – you can get the B-BOX with training and bees and we will take care of everything by providing you a local beekeeping who will provide you the bees with a little bit of extra training. If you decide to get the B-BOX alone, you would have to contact your local beekeeper or beekeeping association to ask them if they offer bees. The best time to start and get bees would be early spring (when the weather gets warmer).
What should I do during the winter?
Before winter approaches, you should give them a checkup to make sure they have enough honey deposits to get them through the winter. If they have very little honey, we recommend placing sugar feed on top of the metal net at the top of the hive - so they do not have to climb up top to feed themselves, but instead just eat through the mesh.
During the winter period open the hive as seldom as possible, if not at all. Since the bees keep the inside of the hive warm with their movements, opening the hive on a very cold day could cause serious problems for the colony.
Can I use the hive without the "chimney"?
The chimney is in place to respect some limitations that are present in urban centers in terms of distances to be maintained if you own a beehive. If you have the possibility to place it at least 5 meters away from a neighbor or if you have a divider (bush, wall ...) more than 2 meters high, you can install the B-BOX without the "chimney". Using the "chimney" can reduce the amount of honey produced as more energy is required by the bees to get out of the B-BOX in order to get their nectar and pollen.