Starter Kit

A boxed set. Provides everything required to set up a hive. With 4 intrances, ventilation plugs and blank plugs. Plus Sawtoothed forster bit, for drilling the necessary holes

£26.99 (Ex. VAT)
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Add-on Kit

Includes everything in the starter set to convert another hive, without the already provided Forstner bit in the starter kit

£15.99 (Ex. VAT)
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Small Commercial Apiary

10 Add-on kits with Forstner bit and instructions.

Export and distribution

If you are interested in exporting or distributing Upstairs Downstairs intrances, please contact us.

Nothing over 7mm gets into this hive:

Wasp, hornet, wax moth, rodent or reptile

More information:

The Upstairs/Downstairs (UD) Intrance

The entrance size is critical for colony health, defence
and pest management.

All the information of hive management and improving bee health fails to identify the issues regarding a nest (hive) entrance that is too large


The design of the Langstroth floor/entrance was problematic for the following simple reasons:

  • It directs all bee movements through the already congested brood box;
  • The entrance is indefensible;
  • Its size is hard for the beekeeper to manage.

Upstairs/Downstairs Intrance advantages:

  • Easier for the colony to defend against wasps, moths, Varroa and rodents, with wasps being totally excluded in our trials
  • Provides 360° defence for guard bees.
  • Decreased aggression/defensive behaviour
  • Easier hive ventilation without having to open the hives to check roof meshes and clean
  • Simple method to close hives for transportation, to keep colonies in or while applying treatments.
  • Improved use of brood comb for laying given improved; thermoregulatory effect.
  • Simple method to ‘bank’, mate and develop several queens in one colony.
  • Vastly simpler method of making an increase without the need to add a work force and transferring frames.
  • Improved uniting and potential maintenance of two queen colonies
  • Increased hive volume without loss of foraging efficiency.
  • Resembles an entrance that the bees would create in the wild. Honey bees have evolved strategies to closely regulate the internal environment of their nest cavities through heating, cooling:
    • Makes ‘Cold Way’ Warm (Sword and Shield) with all its benefits for the storage of pollen and honey;
    • Exit for drones above the queen excluder.

However, above all, the system is, inexpensive,
fool proof and quick to install

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UD Hive trial in Africa

Trials of the UD hive has started in Kenya, to help combat the fight against pests such as the large hive beetle
rodents, reptiles and wasps.