Our perspective on the flow hive.
August 30, 2016
I know fellow beekeepers will see this and share our slight angst with the messages, timeline shares and tags with your name…always reminding you, several times a week, about this hive.
These are cool. I would definitely like to have one but, here are several caveats. We believe it’s not for the beginner beekeeper. They claim that you can extract honey without killing bees and without getting stung. But, that does not account for the bi-weekly hive inspections that must be performed. The hive must be opened and each frame pulled out and inspected. I worry that new beekeepers may invest in such a design and realize that they must put in the hard work of getting intimately involved, opening up the hive, and being a real beekeeper. If this step is skipped they will experience swarming, hive beetle infestation, wax moth infestation, the Varro mite infestation, furthermore, towards mid to late summer bees must be fed with internal feeding frames because nectar supplies begin to run low. Bees need to be fed from Midsummer through the winter. Don’t get me wrong, this is a great looking, fun and novel looking hive. But I do question its function and performance over several seasons of working. The Langstroth hive, used by us and 80% of the commercial beekeepers, was patented over 100 years ago and is still used today. Once you do your research you’ll realize why it has persevered with almost 0 change. The Flow™ Hive is kind of like the equivalent of a greenhouse with fruit trees in it. The fruit falls into a net and rolls into an opening where the fruit falls into a bucket on the outside of the greenhouse. You can’t expect the fruit to keep coming if you’re not going to get inside the greenhouse and take care of the plants. Moreover, it is way too easy for a beekeeper to take all of the bees honey. Honey is in the hive for a reason. Bees work feverishly during spring and summer to save up enough honey to survive the winter. Lastly, we have been working with Bees now for almost 5 years and I have never been stung before.
“Nothing worth doing isn’t easy.”
Just a heads up, our blog is about us as a young family documenting our efforts in trying to live sustainably while improving ourselves and our environment around us. We don’t normally do reviews and actually this is the first photograph we’ve ever posted that is not our own. We have had many people sending us this information and are always wanting to get our opinion on it. So, we’re just putting it out there.
We hope this message finds you guys doing well and figuring out that anything worth doing isn’t as easy as turning a switch.
Here’s a link to the company’s website. It’s worth checking out it is a cool idea:https://www.honeyflow.com