Thank you all so much for taking the time to
address my questions / concerns.
When I first heard about the success story of the
Flow Hive, especially the father and son part, I
thought "Wow". Now I could pull my armchair
next to my hive, open my tap(s), then doze off
for 25 minutes or so, close the jars and go home.
Now, after some "digging", I think there is no such
thing as a recliner near a bee hive. Clearly, the
Flow Hive is just a clever way of extracting honey,
but the rest of beekeeping (checking hive health
and queen status, prevention of swarming) still
takes up the majority of time, even with a Flow
Hive, as I understand it.
So I think that with my age (67) it would be better
to stick to my old ways (updated, of course), if I
were to come out of bee keeping retirement.
However, since I am the only "expert" alive in my
family who has ever kept bees, everyone asks me
what to do...
One brother of mine near Perth has a hollow tree
with a completely natural bee hive inside, wants
to "cut the tree, then put a Flow Hive on the trunk).
I said: "You can try this at your own risk, but I wouldn't".
Another brother had the idea to create an almond
farm and was looking to hire me as the care taker.
I said: "Only if bees have nectar all year long in the same
place, i.e., no almond monoculture, no hauling bees."
Another brother wants to keep bees in South Africa...
Most importantly, my son with wife and children (4 and 2)
living in the country side of Switzerland would like to have
bees. I suggested to him to join the local beekeepers'
association and take it from there.