All your existing equipment, floors, supers etc. will fit.
Even your old brood box can be used for swarm control or queen rearing.
All standard single-wall hive types can be built.
Makes beekeeping feasible for the disabled.
Gives easily managed methods of swarm control and queen-rearing.
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
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
During 2005 it produced five supers of honey. At each examination, not one super
The workmanship is excellent and we have purchased three more hives for 2006"
Tiredof lifting heavy supers to inspect your bees?
For quick and easy access to the brood without dismantling the hive, the answer is
The disruption of moving supers can sometimes incite less docile strains to fury.The Drawhive makes for quieter inspections and gives:-
Direct access to all brood frames.
Much quicker inspections.
Less disruption to the colony, little smoke required.
Less risk of crushing bees on opening or closing the hive.
Access for field bees to the supers during inspections.
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.