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See How This Revolutionary Beehive Design Provides Honey-On-Demand

A father-son duo create an innovative beehive that allows them to gather honey on tap without dislodging the bees. Besides enabling many individuals to harvest their own honey, the idea may play a role in fighting the problems that plague bee populations.

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Bees tend to be rather protective of the food stores they have put so much energy into producing. To avoid being stung, apiarists wear protective suits, put on visors, and use smoke to reduce the likelihood of attacks. Once done, there is still the matter of removing wax and dead bees.

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All of which makes the whole idea too much hard work for the average backyard gardener.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.

When the honey has finished draining, you turn the tap again in the upper slot which resets the comb into the original position and allows the bees to chew the wax capping away, and fill it with honey again.