14 March 2015

This is a "Flow" beehive

"It's the beekeepers dream, turn a tap right on your beehive and watch pure fresh honey flow right out of your Flow™ hive and into your Jar! No mess no fuss and the bees are hardly disturbed."
Very interesting.  

2 comments:

  1. Really wonder what a few generations of not making their own honeycomb will do.

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  2. We are hobbyist beekeepers, and as such we have watched this with interest. To Anonymous' comment, I will say that in this system, the bees do still make their own honeycomb. It is not much more of a headstart than the traditional Langstroth hive frames give.

    I just wonder at the flow rate coming out of the hive. Honey is thick, and does not flow well unless it is very warm. If you were to uncap a frame and turn it upside down, it would take a long, long, time for it to empty, if it ever did. Secondly, some of this in the video simply would not work. If you drained the honey into an open jar, the bees would find it within minutes, and simply put it right back into the hive (or drown trying to.) You'd have to drain it in such a way that the bees would not have access to the jar of honey.

    Still, we are intrigued. Not because it means less work for us per se, but because it seems to create so much less stress for the bees. You would still have to crack the hive open to check the queen and disease and such, but if this works, it's like a dream come true.

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