Bees are crucial to the survival of the human race. Via their impressive ability to pollinate and produce honey, they provide a priceless service in helping us produce enough crops to feed our growing population. Many if not most of the food products we consume contain a vegetable source that the bees helped pollinate (not including honey). And what do they get in return? Squashed because we’re afraid of them and their stingers, or we destroy their homes because they’re too close to ours.
Worse yet… plants and other crops get sprayed with dangerous chemicals toxic to bees, killing them off in droves, resulting in colony collapse. These chemicals really aren’t too great for humans either, yet we continue to use them, rather than organic farming methods, to help meet the ever-increasing demands of consumerism.
So what can be done about endangered bees and how to save our buzzing buddies?
This question was the inspiration behind the FlowHive; a revolutionary new beekeeping method that beekeepers around the Globe are buzzing about! FlowHive is a versatile, self-sufficient beehive that anyone can use in their very own backyard.
This beehive works fluidly with the production of honey made from worker honey bees. Inside the beehive are proprietary frames where the honeycomb is built, into the structure of the frames. The bees then fill the cells of the honeycomb with honey and once full, a special nozzle is twisted that gently separates the frames/combs and allows the honey to flow seamlessly through a funnel and into a sealed trough at the base of the frame, outside of the hive.
The bees are undisturbed throughout the process, without harm of being squashed or drowned in their own honey, as often happens with traditional beehives.
The frames are BPA free, and the only other equipment needed for the extraction of honey is a container to collect it in (such as sealed mason jars), and a bee suit and gloves in case the bees flying in and out of the hive, or hovering nearby, happen to become aggressive.
The hive usually fills with honey within a week during peak times of the flowering season, or anywhere from within the month during the Spring and Summer. However, the process of extracting the honey only consists of about 20 minutes to 2 hours depending on the temperature and viscosity of the honey.
The draining of honey can be done overnight so long as the hive is safe from other insects or nocturnal animals. Once the honey has been extracted, be sure to return the frames to the ‘cell closed’ position so the bees can recommence filling them with honey.
A typical load of honey from each harvest is about three kilograms (6.5 lb) of honey per frame. More if the bees are undisturbed and really build each frame out. The FlowHive houses upwards of 6-7 frames, thus as much as 20 kilograms (44 lbs) of honey can be accumulated overall.
To determine when the FlowHive is ready to be harvested and drained, there are observation windows built into the FlowHive where you can peek in and see your bees busy at work. You’ll notice that once each cell of the honeycomb has been filled, the bees cover them with a wax capping. Once the ends of the frames are filled with honey and capped, it is ready for harvest.
Though there is no hurry to drain it immediately, as the ripe honey will stay fresh until it is convenient for you to drain it from the hive.
The bees work hard and are always hungry, so if you won’t plant any flowers in your yard, at least get this beehive! Or better yet, plant flowers around the beehive and do both. The bees, as well as the whole of humanity, will thank you for it. ♥
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