These hives have differing designs and are mostly homemade, although some commercially made hives are available. These hives are essentially the same as having two hives back to back and this allows for easy manipulation when splitting colonies, making comb changes etc. generally
Generally using 14″ x12″ frames for brood, these hives have Supers that are half the width of a regular national hive, that are easily manageable when full. The plastic Omlet hive is a version of long hive.