The other day I slid open the garage door and this cool looking box greeted me!  Of course. I knew immediately what it was.    I couldn’t believe my eyes, where did this wonderful observation hive come from?  I didn’t remember any big packages coming in lately so yelled to Justin in the garden, “Where’d you get the hive, did you buy it?”     “No, I made it!”  he answered back.     What a nice surprise!  He must have been waking up early in the morning because none of us here knew he was working on it, or otherwise we were preoccupied with other things to even notice.

It’s great to have an observation have back.  Dad, being a Dadant supplier, had one in Florida which he would bring to the county fair.  Folks would crowd around our booth mesmerized by the fascinating insects.

Now, we have an even cooler observation hive made out of recycled materials that we can bring with us on our outreach excursions!  Pretty neat huh?

:: Resources ::

Observation Hive Links

Starting an Observation Hive


  1. Justin says:

    Yikes – it’s not finished! Oh well…. The glass was recycled from the old back door windows. They were just the perfect size for an observation hive.

    • Cynthia in Denver says:


      Nice job all the same Justin!

  2. anita says:

    Well……….I’m up to May 2005 on your blog and every time you’ve lost a “pet” I’ve cried right along with you !

  3. Mindy says:

    Very neat!

  4. Roberta says:

    I’ve always LOVED these hives. I used to volunteer at a children’s museum and they had one built into a wall. It was wonderful. But I was always partial to ant farms too! And what a nice surprise. Someone working away on a little gift just for you. Enjoy!

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