these are a lot of fun, and pretty useful, too. take a peek inside the hive without having to crack it open. it's also possible to get a reasonable idea of honey stores through windows, so it can save the trouble of hefting to evaluate stores. windows can also help you determine when a swarm is coming soon and when it's time to nadir another box or two. the only trouble is that they're not terribly easy to make. glass isn't too expensive, but if the shutter doesn't seal well, a window can shed a lot of heat quickly in the winter and kill a colony. making a shutter that fits tight is difficult because wood (especially cedar) shrinks and swells with changes in humidity. it's worth the effort, though.
the bees may start to cover up the windows with propolis eventually, but they can be cleaned as boxes are rotated out for harvest.
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