There's A Serious Buzz About This World-Class Beehive Technology
Every so often a crowd funded project comes to life that really excites me. Beehive technology hasn't really changed much in hundreds of years. And FLOWhive promises to be the beekeepers dream.
The FLOWhive has taps that allow the honey to literally flow straight out of the beehive and into jars. This alleviates fuss and hardly disturbs the bees.
Its taken over 10 years for father and son beekeepers Stuart and Cedar Anderson to invent the finished product. Here's what they say about their design:
The Flow frame consists of already partly formed honeycomb cells. The bees complete the comb with their wax, fill the cells with honey and cap the cells as usual. When you turn the tool, a bit like a tap, the cells split vertically inside the comb forming channels allowing the honey to flow down to a sealed trough at the base of the frame and out of the hive while the bees are practically undisturbed on the comb surface.
When the honey has finished draining you turn the tap again in the upper slot resets the comb into the original position and allows the bees to chew the wax capping away, and fill it with honey again.
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