You sound like you’re not familiar with Abelo hives.Really why’s it an imitation. I would suggest it’s rather streamlined in comparison. Being realistic though I hope it doesn’t imitate Abelo in the fact they leak
Lol it appears I may be more familiar than you. If you care to use the search facility you’ll find a number of threads regarding the leaking issue! It does depend what model you have, there’s now 3 in production and that in itself could be seen as an issue. I did ask why you said it was an poor imitation though. For me and I’ve had polys for nearly 20 years it looks like a more streamlined hive with less silly not needed bits, although not totally sure about the dividers but at least they improved the divider itself. As above I’d like to confirm the roof fits wood but the chap says it’s totally compatible. It really would be great if 1 company could corner the poly market with a decent design but like wooden hives I doubt that possible. IanYou sound like you’re not familiar with Abelo hives.
I've never had any problems but if they leak in your opinion then BS Honey will have a problem.....
Maybe It's just meDon’t see this as imitation at all. The new Abelo is TBS, which reduces your compatibility options and locks you in a bit.
The BS Honey looks to me like a solid option, (potentially) market leading, with extra added features - all at a comparable price.
I find the holes in the Abelo brood boxes very useful as they act as an entrance when you do a vertical split. Saves having to construct or purchase a snelgrove board.Looks like a serious alternative to the Abelo v1; better for the fact that it doesn't have those silly holes in the brood box and the crown board looks particularly useful.
Twin boxes can work well I’ve had plenty I’ll post some pics later just to prove there’s very little exclusive in beekeeping! I think I nicked the idea from the original Ted Hooper book and would bet he got it from another! Queens don’t run over the divide and bees don’t fight. For the simple reason there’s a crown board on each, even if you had both sides open I’ve certainly not had an issue whilst inspecting. A thin divide is no issue as long as it’s sealed and in fact could be a bonus! I’ve never found the need to add boxes to a nuc. If they need more space they go into a hive. Cost wise there great those boxes cost him £25. Two polys will set you back about £80. I found the biggest draw back with them was just transferring 1 half and not being able to knock the bees in I think I have a couple of improvements for Simon though. IanThe divided box looks like it would be a pain to manage. As soon as you lift that lid off there is a risk of fighting, or even the queen running over the lip I guess. With such a thin divider I also wonder whether it would be completely sealed off from the smells of the other half.
If I want to split a hive into two nucs, I think I would prefer just to do just that - just move the box to one side and put the frames in two Maisemore (say) poly nucs, which can be set so they touch each other, giving 6cm of poly on one side of each nuc. You can then inspect each of them without any risk of disturbing the other side. You can get 6 frames in each rather than 5. And you can increase the height of one of the nucs, if it needs it, without increasing the height of the other.
It always puzzles me that the optional featues of the Abelo, which you don't have to use, seem to cause people such angst.I find the holes in the Abelo brood boxes very useful as they act as an entrance when you do a vertical split.