Radical new beekeeping method. Check out the video on the website FLOW HIVE:
Turn a tap and watch as pure fresh clean honey flows right out of the hive and into your jar. No mess, no fuss, no expensive processing equipment and the bees are hardly even disturbed.
"This really is a revolution, you can see into the hive, see when the honey is ready and take it away in such a gentle way."
We are very excited to introduce our new invention that allows you to enjoy fresh honey straight out of your beehive without opening it. It's far less stress for the bees and much much easier for the beekeeper.
This will be available very soon. If you would like to know more, click the button above.
NOW AVAILABLE FROM THEIR OWN WEBSITE HERE.
BROOD CHECK VIDEO HERE.
Agreed. Waiting for some field experience with the new system before I consider buying one. Can you share the website Susanne?
It would take some skill to add the super to a (my) Top Bar hive. Skill I don't have. And it would ruin the look of the Top Bar which is a bit of a work of art.
My "plan" at the moment is to go the Langstroth route. I wanted to give one a go anyway.
One thing about Langstroth hives is that there are plenty around, new and secondhand. Plus several suppliers of associated equipment.
Once you've got a 2-frame extractor and a steam knife you're in the honey business.
Down side is the amount of smoke needed since taking honey frames out of the hive is viewed as an attack by the bees and the number of bees which get killed.
The horizontal top bar hive would be next to impossible to add any super yet the vertical other styles of top bar hive should be fairly simple if the dimensions of the boxes are the same as the Langstroth sizings.
Hi everyone, Firstly my disclaimer – I build and supply top bar hives and love them! I prefer them as they are close to being a natural environment and they are gentle on the bees (even when harvesting). The flow hive has arrived with much hype and I’ve posted links to several discussions both for and against on my Brisbane Backyard Bees FB page. I have also been contacted by Flow Hive buyers who have been caught up by the excitement but realised they don’t actually know where to start and one who expected she could stick it in the yard and wait for bees to come. To me, therein lies the risk arising from such high impact marketing – people who would like to be honey producers before they become beekeepers.
To be a Flow Hive owner, you pretty much need to have already decided that the Langstroth system of beekeeping is for you – the flow hive will sit on top of your Lang brood box. You will manage that as a normal lang hive – it must be regularly inspected and I’m guessing you might have to open the flow box up every now and then for maintenance. In short, there’s no avoiding getting close to your bees – something I love, but if your main interest is in honey from a tap, maybe the bee thing is not for you.
Now, I’m guessing most people on this site, being food growers, are interested in pollination and care deeply about the health of bees, so the other question I would encourage people to ask is “am I doing what’s best for bees and hence, the food system, or is this for human convenience”. Bees have been around for millions of years and over the last 150, a combination of agricultural and beekeeping practices have wreaked havoc on our bees. I see the flow hive as just another step in the mechanisation of bees. It is being touted as being kind to bees – if you’re used to harvesting a Lang hive, maybe so – but I can harvest 10kgs from a top bar hive peacefully and quietly and simply with minimal disturbance and I generally only harvest when I'm doing an inspection anyway.
We certainly need more beekeepers but let’s hope we’re not just attracted by the ease of harvesting but by the joys of bee-caring. Cheers, Paul
Good to have your input Paul. Wondering if this is all going to turn out to be a bit of a fad or actually something useful for serious beekeepers. Will watch with interest as time goes by.
Thanks Lissa, yes we shall see
Good thoughtful input, Paul. The Flow hive then would be a way of making Langstroth hives more bee-friendly. Perpetuating the system of keeping bees in conditions not necessarily best suited to them.
'Is it the bees, or is it the honey?' Yes, a good question which needs an honest answer.
As an ex-beekeeper I never did like the murder associated with taking the honey from the Langstroth hive I had (there were no other designs available at the time). Were I to keep bees again, no argument I would go for a top bar hive. I love the bees and the honey is a bonus.
Never touched the brood, Susanne. Queen excluder and all that. Call it what you will, but squashing unsuspecting insects who work their hearts out for us is not a pleasant experience. Certain the bees can't be keen on that either.
In the stingless bee world, there's lots of talk and many designs of hive now that all but remove the likelihood of bees being squashed. These designs are from honey beekeepers who do not want to kill any more bees if they can help it.
I've not seen a professional beekeeper at work to know how many bees are done to death when they take the honeycomb out.
YouTub video showing how the process works: