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Harvesting from flow hive - Western Australia


#1

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My bees want to know what’s going on behind the flow hive while harvesting so l have been struggling with changing jars while wearing gloves with sticky honey and wind blowing the plastic glad wrap. We came up with this solution which works brilliantly. Using a 25mm or 1 inch elbow and clear plastic tube attached to the honey collection tube and a 4 litre or 1 gallon container. Will put a photo on if I can work out how to do this! There is no gap for the bees to smell honey or drown themselves.


#2

I have done similar- there is no advantage to having uncovered honey at the back of the hive whilst harvesting. Set up like this you can harvest in increments over an entire day:


#3

Theoretically, honey can back up in the tube if air can’t escape.


#4

That is a brilliant setup, however, what’s that funny roof you have on there??
…Just kidding. The roof is big improvement.


#5

Enough room for air to escape but not for bees to suicide! Have been wondering about using 3 litre milk bottles but would volume be enough for 3.8 kg of honey?


#6

It should be. Depending on exact water content, 3kg of honey is just over 2 litres, so 3.8kg should be much less than 3 litres.


#7

Is there a technical reason for the golf ball there on the lid? I can’t remember if I asked this before :blush:


#8

Yep. It is covering a sneaky harvesting hole. So he could drain 3 frames at once, but he is more moderate than that. :smile:


#9

LOL I thought it was maybe to check the level of the container, aka if it’s completely horizontal, then the ball doesn’t roll.