My favorite time to make these is when the bees are bringing in lots of honey and pollen. His solution was a hive made of stackable boxes that held frames in which honeybees could make their combs. I think the issue is that if you don’t harvest the honey, the bees run out of space to make more bees and if that happens the bees will swarm. Although you don’t have to paint your box, many beekeepers prefer to paint the exposed parts of the box white in order to reflect sunlight. I am a top bar bee keeper and some of the points made in the article are very one sided BUT I think valid.
There will be very little likelihood of the queen crossing several frames of honey to lay eggs so far from the nest. Or something that allows us to draw honey directly from the hive via plastic foundation + spouts. I don’t think anyone adopting the Warré principles would be silly enough to nadir with flow frames. Bearing in mind the return of older bees, make up the nuc with bees from the middle of the brood nest, as that is where younger bees are, these are bees which haven’t left the hive yet, and so don’t know where they live.
I MIGHT, just might, throw one of these on top of a healthy hive next year, just to see what the honey tasted like compared to traditionally harvested honey. Hi Georgina, I myself would be reluctant to use treated plywood for the internals of my TB hive however it would be quite feasible to use untreated wood if you have a very good water proof roof for the hive so that the timber does not get wet for any length of time. We just finished our first year with bees, and unfortunately, we’re moving out of the country, so we won’t get the big harvests off the established hive.
To me, pre drilling holes so you don’t split the boards using larger nails or screws isn’t worth the time for a box you will replace when the corners start to go south. This is so much easier in every way and the bees love it too – I’ve had no winter losses, other than one to Nosema and that was so much easier to clean up as I could simply disinfect and sterilise the Beehaus and hive parts and just burn the frames. If I owned 1500 hive as a commercial Aparist I would explore ever new concept to gain on the economy of scale to increase profit and eliminate all the costly machinery and opportunities to spread desease.
I can see (after reading through the comments and thinking things over) that perhaps the spirit of this article (albeit in an awful rude tone) is the idea that people need to understand that having a hive is about more than the set it and forget it” attitude many have today. Yes, I believe you can grind regular sugar in a blender to make powdered sugar. I watched the movie Vanishing bee’s and it was the turning point for me to finally understand what’s going on with the bee population. Yes I sell the few pounds of honey to people I know but they make my garden thrive and we have fun playing around.
Yes, Cedar, the developer of FLOWHIVE says it will disturb the bee less and it will bypass alot of extraction machinery. The end is a Langstroth deep 10 frame super, top-managed, suitable for Bee-Pac or Flow frames. Just a last note that I do not think that it is the fault or the responsibility of the builders of the Flow Hive to entirely fix this societal issue that we face, in terms of how we value bees. Blowing smoke into and around the hive from this hand-held container will repel the bees, as well as make them more docile. Left to their own devices, bees make enough honey to feed the entire colony through winter.
Due to this harvesting, traditional beehives typically provided more beeswax , but far less honey, than a modern hive. Instead, he allowed the bees to build natural combs inside the frames (as they’ve built for millions of years). Once the sensor was installed we can see the internal temperature of the hive is pegged at 89° with a variance of 3°. This is astonishing! By only harvesting the top log you allow the hive to continue relatively undisturbed and left with plenty of honey stores.
This style of beekeeping is getting the millennial generation (which I am a part of) interested because it’s instantly gratifying, but it’s long term benefits will be outlived when people get their new hive and realize that it’s more that just a fancy automatic honey appliance. As seen in the picture, mark a line along the outside, so you can properly line the supers up with the main body of the hive. The cost is prohibitive for whimsy” purchasers so most people investing most likely will have a healthy curiosity and care for the bees and desire to learn about them not just stick them in a hive and walk away.
In the mid 1900s, the Peace Corps introduced the horizontal top bar hive in Africa as a low cost alternative to standard box hives like the Langstroth. In some cases if the donor hive is large enough, then 2 nucs can be made from the same donor hive. Because it’s less intrusive to the bees, it’s easier to make and to manage, so it’s a perfect hive for beginners. Traditional beekeepers slice honey caps off with a knife and use a spinner which removes honey from wax frames.
Because it is less intrusive to the bees, it’s easier to make and manage, which makes it a perfect beginners backyard hive. On the negative side even though they state you must maintain the brood box as normal it is brushed over and could led to negative impact on the hives well being. Following extraction of honey bee combs from any site, the odor of beeswax remains.
I always put swarms in a standard deep box, and sometimes I give them two deep boxes. This class of hives includes other styles, which differ mainly in the size and number of frames used. Bees are very precise insects, so you when you make a beehive, ensure that the measurements are accurate. This also means that the bees can be watched turning nectar into honey, show when each comb is full, and allow the keeper to check on the health of the bees without opening the lid of the hive.
The mother hive that is selected for the nuc donation should be strong and in good health, with ample stores and bees, with a strong laying queen. Windows are great to get to see inside and observe and learn provided your colony of bees is not as sensitive to light being let inside the hive as others. The sides of this observation hive are plexiglass (regular window glass is not recommended for public displays). It can also be used when bees are expanding the hive inside and moved outwards with each inspection as bees build out.
The procedure for normal beeks is less Rambo-esque: during a hive inspection you notice that the bees have stored enough honey to get them through the winter (or the summer, which can be tough in Aus) and can spare some capped combs or a whole box. Whatever you like – just because something is invented, or in common practice, does not make it a good idea. Once you have your lumber home, use the dimensions for Langstroth Hive Plans to mark the width and height of the hive pieces on each board. That way the bees cannot leave but air can still enter in order for the hive to remain well ventilated.
The first is about bee biology and, being printed by the academic published Springer, seems unlikely to be advocacy. This is layered between the bottom board and the brood chamber, to provide ventilation, make access of the brood chamber easier, and prevents the bees from forming ladder comb. If your not cutting a good 90 degree angle your boxes will be difficult to nail together, and or they will not sit flat on the box below them.
The grooves were 8 mm × 8 mm (0.31 in × 0.31 in), the spacing later termed bee space The Langstroth hive was the first successful top-opened hive with movable frames. Well the flow hive isn’t all plastic it still needs the bees wax to complete the comb, so they still have the option to use their ‘natural’ methods just with an added structure to make it easier for them, of course that could lead to bee’s getting lazy. They absolutely refused to draw out comb on it. We now live in Hawaii and use top bar hives we built as they seem to be offering better protection over the horrible SHB’s (small hive beetles).