Collecting honey from a hive is a laborious process that involves several steps. Safety measures must also be taken to make sure neither the people, nor the bees are harmed by the process. However, with the help of a new invention called the Flow Hive, collecting honey could be made automatically. The only thing a beekeeper would have to do in order to start the process, would be to turn a tap.
The Flow Hive was invented by Stuart and Cedar Anderson, a father-and-son beekeeper team from Australia. The invention allows the beekeepers to harvest the honey directly from the hive, without disturbing the bees inside. The system uses a new, innovative spigot system that taps directly in the specially designed honeycomb frames. As such, beekeepers no longer need to extract the frames from the beehive and load them into a special machine.
“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,” explained the Anderson family.
This idea could be useful to introduce beginner beekeepers to the trade. However, even with the Flow Hive, the affair would not be completely hands off. The bees will still need to receive care and attention. This will include opening the hive in order to give them periodic health inspections. Even though the system makes things much easier, the father and son duo recommend users to have a bee suit or veil on hand in case the bees get aggressive.
The Flow Hive will go live on Kickstarter on the 23rd of February. What do you think of this new honey collecting system?
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