The Off-Season Beekeeper

| 11/20/2015 10:22:00 AM







11/22/2015 6:52:20 PM

Hello Barney! *sigh* the flow hive.... Let me start off my saying that I wanted to like the flow hive so much. It reduces hive manipulations, and makes beekeeping accessible to those that may not have been able to keep bees. And I think that it gives people on the edge of wanting to keep bees the courage to start. All things that are important to me. AND the Australian duo inventors have raised millions of dollars to help bees. Which is amazing. Buuuut.... There are some things that turn me off. First things first the price.... 600 some bucks? yeesh. I get that they are just starting out and it's a new invention but it's a bit too steep for the likes of me. They also made it out of cedar... Which struck me as odd since All I have read suggests that airomatic woods should be avoided in hives because they interfere with the queen pheromone. Granted you can buy the flow hive frame itself and simply convert existing Langstroth hives with "two simple cuts". Which brings me to my next Issue. The plastic. Plastics in the hive disrupt bees ability to communicate through scent in the hive. It's even more than what traditional stamped frames consist of and it makes me uncomfortable. However I believe that it is in fact BPA free plastic. I also keep bees in hives with nothing but wood and wax too so that's my opinion. I can offer studies on it if you wish though. Also so far as I understand it doesn't work too well in cold climates, obviously because honey crystallizes so it will clog is and you either wait or take it out and clean it. The only other thing I worry about is people getting bees just for the sake of honey with this hive and not for the bees. I can see people draining honey out of the hive several times a year or month even. When typically honey is harvested but once a year. This could really cause some damage to the bees, stress and what not. They work so hard, I believe they should be able to eat the perfect food that they have made for themselves. Having said all that I really think the inventors have spent the last ten years striving to make a hive that's more accessible and better for the bees and I truly believe that they have the best intentions. For all those reasons however the flow hive is not for me. :)

11/20/2015 1:02:34 PM

Speaking of "from a new perspective can be refreshing and eye opening and you may learn that you can alter your approach and get different or better results" I came across this new way of harvesting honey at this URL and would like to hear your opinion.

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