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flow hive ?

 
Jessie Anderson
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Location: Nova Scotia, Canada. Zone 5
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what do folks think of this hive ?
We are not bee keepers yet, but would like to bee this hive is interesting as it seems to disrupt the bees as little as possible.
http://www.honeyflow.com/
 
tel jetson
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http://www.permies.com/t/44308/bees/Flow-TM-Hive-innovation-finally

short version: meh.
 
Marty Mitchell
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It is a neat idea that has brought attention to the bee community. As well as attracted a large number of new bee keepers to the arena that was in decay. Only time will tell as to if the flow hive itself is a good thing or not. I feel that just bringing in new folks was a great thing. Most folk's reviews are mixed and only litterally opinion based. Very rare are those who have even seen/touched one. More rare are those who have used it.

The first Flow Frames are just now arriving to the homes of the Early Supporters of the kickstarter campaign for the FLOW. I am one such supporter. Just got my Flow Light (3 frame) package the other day. I made my donation before they reached $10,000. Little did I know they would surpass $10,000,000.

I was planning on just supporting something that might make a positive change in the world... while simultainiusly getting a neat gift for my brother for Christmas this year. He was very interested in keeping bees. Turns out he ended up already starting a hive this Spring... and may have more than one by now. He is using a Warre' style.

I will attempt to take pics of what I have this weekend to share the pics. Seems very well constructed as far as I can tell. The frames are much more offset than I thought they would be. The bees will have to add a lot of wax to be able to fill them with honety. Which, with the large gaps, is likely something that will keep the fames functioning properly without gumming up in the long term. What I thought was just rubber bands or rope holding the frames together is actually a thin stainless steel cable that should last a VERY long time... and be VERY strong.
 
Marty Mitchell
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New thread with pics....
http://www.permies.com/t/49508/bees/FLOW-hive-frames-arrived
 
Jean-Jacques Maury
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Wait, I thought "disrupting the bees" was called beekeeping until now...and do you really believe the bees can be fooled into thinking this contraption is beneficial to THEM? Beekeeping has been around for a long, long time; it takes solid knowledge and experience to do it well but hardly any tools, let alone gadgets like these.
 
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