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ProtectaBEE™ - All-In-One Adjustable Hive Entrance (Out of Stock/Pre-Orders Now)

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🐝 **Buzz Alert: Our 10-frame and 8-frame ProtectaBEE is currently out of stock! Next shipment expected March** 🐝


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Easier Beekeeping with All-In-One Adjustable Hive Entrance

Got a beehive? Our entrance is like a Swiss Army knife for your bees—2023 world silver medalist in beekeeping innovation and your all-season guard.

It fends off Yellow jackets, laughs in the face of cold snaps, shrugs off rain, and lets you sneak in feed and probiotics without cracking open the hive.

Need to quickly stop your hive from swarming or move your hive? We've got you covered there too.

ProtectaBEE™ simplifies beekeeping with an adjustable entrance that keeps out wasps, hornets, mice, robbing bees, skunks, and other predators.

Probiotics and other powders can be added to the "IN" drawer, reducing waste and providing accurate dosing.

Simplifying beekeeping, you don't need to open the hive to add powders like probiotics to the hive.

In rainy locations, hot areas, or where overhead predators are an issue the extra-large protected landing board allows for extra fanning.

Are small hive beetles an issue? You can add bait to the beetle drawer to monitor for the presence of small hive beetle. 

The optional SwarmStopper, Vent, and Vented Cone Inserts can be purchased separately!  Adding even MORE functionality to this all-in-one entrance!

 

WINTERIZING

  • Keep bees warm and dry
  • Don't fight with stuck entrance reducers in the Spring
  • Easily move drawers out to clean out the bottom board of winter dead bees
  • Add pollen substitute in Spring to build up hive numbers on solid drawer side
  • Keep out swiping critter hands
  • We recommend a small entrance reducer and solid side for cooler climates - cones are only needed to keep out robbing bees and Yellow jackets, hornets, wasps in warmer temperatures 


The ProtectaBEE can be added anytime; gently nudge the bees out of the way, or install at night. The keyhole screw openings allow you to easily remove the ProtectaBEE without simply loosening the screws.

Fits most standard Langstroth 10-frame hives. If your bottom board is too small, simply add a small notch on either side to slide in the edges of the ProtectaBEE.

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FAQs

Can the bees cool the hive when it's hot?
We tested over two years and found less bearding on our hives with ProtectaBEE™ than hives without the ProtectaBEE™.  Honey production and curing rates were improved compared to those hives without the ProtectaBEE™. Inside is an extra-large landing board, and there is still air moving in and out.

Additionally, you can always remove the inserts, and we recommend doing that when you do not have any issues with robbers to maximize bee traffic!

We have also just added a new optional vented cone insert!

Is plastic safe for bees?
Yes! Beehives for years have had plastic frames, plastic queen excluders, plastic feeders, and there are even full plastic hives! The bees don't mind!

Why plastic?
Most hives are fully exposed to all the weather elements. Over time wood warps and would not provide the security needed to keep out predators. We have sourced a bee-friendly plastic that will last several years outside without becoming brittle. Our inserts are also reinforced to prevent warping.

Can the queen bee leave the colony with the ProtectaBEE™ cones installed?
The cones are big enough to let drones (boy bees) enter and exit the hive, so the queen can also enter and exit. This is important, especially if a virgin queen needs to mate. The ProtectaBEE™ will not prevent swarming.

Will the ProtectaBEE™ work with a Flow™ hive? Yes, but only if you remove the landing board that comes with the Flow™ hive. Otherwise, there is not enough bee space.



Is there even more that I can do with the ProtectaBEE™?
Since the ProtectaBEE™ is a plug & play system, we can create all sorts of inserts and additions. We have tested putting pollen patties and fondant into the ProtectaBEE™ behind a solid insert and found that works well to increase hive numbers in the Spring. We also have an insert to block swarms temporarily. We also are developing a feeder that can be used with the ProtectaBEE™. And, of course, we will be testing to see if we can keep out small hive beetles (but they can be monitored with the monitoring drawer)!


 

 

 

BEEKEEPING 101

How to keep yourself protected from your bees

You will need to protect yourself! Our full Super Suit is going to protect you from almost 100% of bee stings, and last for years. However, if you are on a budget, or don’t mind the occasional sting, you can purchase any other options!
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