The FlowHive, created by Cedar Anderson, is supposed to make work easier on the beekeeper and keeping bees more enjoyable. The frames consist of partly formed cells, which the bees fill and cap. Then, the beekeeper inserts a key into the hive to collect all of the honey "on tap". When the beekeeper turns the key again, the comb reverts itself back and the bees refill the cells. Honey could be harvested anytime, and the bees don't even get bothered because they are on top of the cappings when the harvesting happens. Seems perfect, right? Well, it turns out that the FlowHive actually has many issues for the beekeeper and the bees. First, plastic is simply not a good material for beehives, because unlike wax, it doesn't remove toxins from the honey. Bees naturally prefer to build honeycomb by them selves, or on something natural. In an earlier post, I mentioned that I only spent about $130 on all of my equipment. The FlowHive costs a beekeeper about $700!
MY OPINION: I honestly don't like the idea of the FlowHive. I'm sure that it's much more convenient for a beekeeper, but anyone starting beekeeping should expect to be doing work. It's not supposed to be an easy thing and shouldn't be taken lightly. Huffington Post said, "The beekeeper is not convinced that the bees will be fooled and believes the hive will be clogged with Propolis and Beeswax to the point of being unusable within a year. Cleaning up after pests like small hive beetles or wax moth would be close to impossible." FlowHive is a new product, and hasn't been tested for durability of the tubes or of the frames. The FlowHive just promotes factory farming, by making beekeeping in large quantities easier for big companies.
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