Not quite a fair comparison, when the Beehaus (darington) as a single unit is in effect two hives ( 22 frames of 14 x 12) with two entrances.Not sure what two cedar hives would have cost in the recent round of winter sales, but I would expect best part of 800 quid change from that grand!
our associiation just bought eight flat pack Thornes Beginers Beehives for as advertised on their web site @ £125 each including frames and foundation =£1000,So one beehaus is 2 x deep national hives. Thones (other Hive Maker(s) are available) current price for flat-pack deep national with frames and supers etc (basically same pack as beehaus) is nearly £240 per hive = £480. This compares to the Omlet at £465 + £20 delivery.
Again not a compasion the beehaus is 14 x 12, so add another £180 to you order to bring it up to a beehaus equivalent of frames /size.our associiation just bought eight flat pack Thornes Beginers Beehives for as advertised on their web site @ £125 each including frames and foundation =£1000,
so £500 buys you 4 starter nationals. ,frames and foundation. queen excluder 8 supers with frames (88 frames)
how many supers and super frames do you get with a standard Beehaus? and does it come standard with the 22 brood frames or do you pay extra?
ok point taken on both your posts, but does a beginer need a 14x12 in the first years. also 22 x 5lbs each full 14x12 frames (110lbs) is a bit heavy for me at 60 to lift...i keep in touch with my chyropractisioner during summer just lifting the supers off let alone moving a 14x12 brood box at 55lbs+ at 110lbs i would never get a beehaus back from the OSR field i use..though that mighrt be a good thingAnother point to note is the flat pack hives of bees on a budget you assocaition has bought, although are good hives, they are in effect Thones "seconds" grade.
You are not buying a seconds grade beehaus!
I belive the Beehaus to be a hive with space for built in swarm control. I would not consider running one with two colonies in it for any length of time. People who overwinter two stocks in a Beehaus are potentially looking at swarm control problems the next season.Not quite a fair comparison, when the Beehaus (darington) as a single unit is in effect two hives ( 22 frames of 14 x 12) with two entrances.
It is not sold as a migratory hive, and in reality how many hobby keepers move their hives?It is definitely not a migratory hive. Nor is the omlette. In fact, or in my view, probably the omlett is even less migratory than a Dartington.