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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.

Our perspective,

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.

Respectfully,

K

Here’s a link to the company’s website. It’s worth checking out it is a cool idea:https://www.honeyflow.com

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GIANT PET BEES NOW AVAILABLE!

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/237076135/giant-cuddly-bumblebee-art-doll-soft

This huge soft bee is the size of a cat!

These giant bumblebees have been handmade using the highest quality materials. They have cashmere velvet antennae, hand-dyed mohair legs for the authentic fuzzy-bee-leg look, and dense, soft, fake fur bodies stuffed so they are super cuddly.

Their legs are fully posable and you can also move their wings and antennae into different positions.

They come with a discrete loop in the thorax so you can hang them up to look like they’re flying!

Why did I decide to make giant bees? Well who wouldn’t love their own pet giant bee! I also want to raise awareness of the plight of pollinators through my work. Changes to agricultural practices means there are far fewer wildflowers than there used to be, meaning that many bumblebee species are struggling to survive.

Through the pollination of commercial crops such as tomatos, peas, apples and stawberries, insects contribute billions to the EU economy, not to mention that if any more pollinators go extinct it could mean we no longer see such variety on our supermarket shelves. Plants provide the base to a very complex food-chain, and if wildflowers and fruit cease to exist it’s easy to imagine how other wildlife will suffer as well.

Fortunately there are many organisations and people out there working to raise awareness and understanding of the bumblebee and honey bee. I own a 60 acre croft (a small agricultural unit in the Highlands of Scotland) which has an abundance of rare and ancient wildflowers on it. We work through grazing and management practices to make sure the meadow is kept rich for pollinators, which means it’s also good for our animals.

By buying this bee you are supporting my ongoing efforts to help save pollinators, as all that I earn from my art goes back into the croft, which is a haven for all wildlife.
You can follow my croft blog at facebook.com/tighnaneun

I do offer layaway plans on the bees. Payment can be split fortnightly or monthly over up to six months (making it about $50usd a month). Contact me for more details and to enroll in this offer.

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Through a rainy window (the rain is why you see no bees), here it is so far… THE TARDIS BEEHIVE!!! I think it is looking awesome so far, but obviously not done. Still toying with the lantern, sign, ambulance seal, and some cosplaying bees all over it in various places, but it’s coming along (,Pond.). Alons-y, bees!

#bees #beekeeping #beehives #TARDISbeehive #apiary #whovian #beegeek #DoctorWho

Feel free to follow the adventures of the TARDIS beehive at my Doctor Who & Beekeeping blog (like that’s a thing), HERE: tardizzzz
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Sun Hives, a new hive design gathering world-wide interest, are part of the movement towards “apicentric” beekeeping – beekeeping that prioritizes honeybees firstly as pollinators, with honey production being a secondary goal. The Sun Hive is modeled on the traditional European skep hive and is aimed at creating a hive that maximizes colony health.

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Flea’s Got Bees
[August 16th, 2015]

Honeybee colonies in the United States are currently embroiled in a potentially detrimental crisis. During the 12-month period which ended this April, at least 40% of American honeybee colonies died. These troubling statistics have inspired a variety of contentious debates on the possible causes and solutions to this growing problem, though no one bothered to consult Flea.

Flea, a.k.a. the coolest member of Red Hot Chili Peppers, recently installed 3 large beehives in his backyard as an extension of his passion for an environmentally conscious future. According to TMZ, Flea has been practicing the nearly lost art of beekeeping for a few months now and has “already mastered the craft.” [x]