For Happy Bees


Yet another invention that makes me happy. This one involves a new kind of bee hive, which makes extracting honey easier and, at the same time, greatly reduces stress to bees during the extraction process.

 

It is no secret that bees are very delicate creatures, while at the same time they are vital to our agriculture and food supply. This invention not only helps to protect them from stress, but it also potentially encourages more people to keep bee hives, as it makes the process of harvesting honey much easier. More bee hives means more bees, meaning more crucial pollinators buzzing around, and that’s just a win-win for everyone.

Love this. I kind of want one.

Comments

  1. kestrel says

    I used to keep bees… that is really fascinating, as I had always been under the impression that they would not accept combs they had not made themselves. I wonder if the bees ever use the comb for laying eggs instead? You would not want to disrupt brood this way, but maybe they have it figured out? I’ll have to see if I can find out. Anything that gives us more bees is a good thing.

  2. wrpinpnw says

    It’s their own comb. Only the foundation is artificial, and that’s already pretty common in Langstroth frames.

    You need to use a queen excluder underneath, otherwise you get brood in your honey — good for protein, not so good for taste. (Plus — just guessing here — it would gum up the spout pretty badly.)

    There’s one in our apiary (friend’s hive, not mine.) I’m a bit dubious about its durability (it was designed and tested in a very dry environment, and ours is very not) but it looked OK the first year.

  3. kestrel says

    Interesting! Thanks for the info! I live in a dry climate so maybe this would work here? Again, have to do more research.

    All my Langstroth frames had very old foundation… the wax was almost black. The queens apparently like that for some reason. And yeah… don’t want brood in the honey!

  4. says

    I’m sorry to be the wet blanket, but those things are a scam.
    I read a takedown by a beekeeper about how those things cannot work as advertised and will be very costly in the long run as the frames are really expensive. Of course I cleaned my history since, let’s see what my google-foo can do..
    Here it is.
    Sometimes it’s a good thing my brain stores information like “who linked you to what”….

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