Very pleased with our BeeHaus. Easy to put together, good instructions. Looks cool!
Will get bees to put in it soon...
Given our wet, cold winters the Beehaus has one definite advantage over wooden bee hives - it's well and truly waterproof, and it's well insulated. I also love the space to expand, so much easier than controlling a swarm!
I bought the Beehaus a year ago and have had a colony in it since September 09. All the teething problems that I experienced were dealt with by Omlet, both in response to my requests and from their own discoveries, such as the side strengtheners for the inspection board, the replacements for the foam corner fillers and the addition of the mesh-floor strut. This was my first experience of keeping bees and therefore I was in no way prejudiced by experience with other hives, though I of course had looked at them. The Beehaus is very well designed and took my colony happily through that very severe winter. I think the brood box is a great size for building a big colony, the wasp guard works excellently, the working height is ideal and the half-weight supers are easy to manage. Being able to place them securely on the upturned roof is a very positive feature. It does take a little while to acclimatise to the queen excluders, the propolis on which I now scrape on a flat stone beneath the hive. I think that there is a bit of a problem in the centre divider arrangement, as bees find their way through to the other side (and die); I have solved this with duct tape and some pan-scrub as a filler, for there is a gap between the board and the hive wall, but it's a bit of a bodge! I also find that I need to check very carefully that the supers are properly in place; it's easy to allow a wasp entry gap by accident. Everything else is fine; it's woodpecker and mouse proof and you can secure it against winter storms by placing weights over the feet. We have enjoyed our first honey crop and I am now feeding up for winter. Thanks to all the staff at Omlet and to their Bolton bee supplier, who was very supportive indeed.
Really dissapointed with the quality of the dummy board & wax foundation supplied. Only 10 frames of brood & Super supplied, so not enough to fill even one side of the hive. Called to order extra frames, not available & no idea when they will be. Overpriced.
Very clean, easy to use hive, and some of the calmest bees I've ever come across. Very very good.
Very good, the improved supers are much better than the original ones.
A great hive for beginners. Would be better with a choice of entrance at the side or front and improved queen excluders otherwise great.
Prompt delivery. Easy assembly instructions ... well constructed ... a talking point.