Drawhive the labour-saving beehive
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Pcture of Langstroth Drawhive
Picture of British National 12 X 14 Drawhive

The Drawhive takes standard frames and works by having an outer case and and a slide-out inner chamber.
Opened by levering with a hive tool in a recess at each side, to break the propolis seal, the inner chamber can then slide out horizontally, on extending support rails, until the top of the chamber is fully exposed. Brood frames rest in the inner chamber just as in a standard brood box.
 

The bees stick the parts together only in a minor way and they have no access to the slides when closed. Opening the Drawhive is no more difficult than releasing a crown board.

Endorsements by other beekeepers

Sidney Hollinshead - President, Cheshire Beekeepers Association and retired Bee farmer.

 

 "With little or no disturbance to the bees, inspection of the brood nest is quick and easy using

   this strong, simple, draw  action brood box. With no lifting of supers, reducing ‘beekeeper's back'

  problems,  it also brings beekeeping into the realm of the less able-bodied person."

 

Bob Parsonage - Vice Chairman, Cheshire Beekeepers Association.

 

 "I consider the MV Drawhive to be one of the finest hives it has been my pleasure to use.

  During 2005 it produced five supers of honey. At each examination, not one super was removed.

   The workmanship is excellent and we have purchased three more hives for 2006"

© Michael Vesty 2006 all rights reserved.

Design Features.
Plans.
Management.
swarm control.
Two Queen System.
Queen-rearing .
FAQ.
 Contact & About.

Tired of lifting heavy supers to inspect your bees?

For quick and easy access to the brood without dismantling the hive, the answer is the Drawhive.

The disruption of moving supers can sometimes incite less docile strains to fury. The Drawhive makes for quieter inspections and gives:-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you develop beekeeper’s back, various types of long hive can reduce lifting, but then your other  boxes are  redundant.

These systems make much of their methods of swarm control, but the bees will then typically fill up to twelve large brood frames with surplus honey, before they will put any in the supers. These frames will not fit most extractors.

With the Drawhive surplus honey is stored in standard supers and there is all the versatility of swarm control offered by other systems.

 

The Drawhive is a side-opening brood box :