Wendell and I have finally received our Flow-Hive beehive on the last day of December. We had ordered it in March 2015 during the media acclaimed fund raising campaign of a father and son from Byron Bay (Australia) for a revolutionary beehive. We then attended a day-long training at the Illawarra beekeepers association (blog article here).
So this is it! A big box, the first one of two. It contains the base, the brood box, the queen extruder, the super and a roof. The second parcel which should arrive in the coming days contains the famous Flow-hive frames to be placed in the super. These frames are very special: split in two, they allow the honey comb to crack and let the honey flow through a tap. We love the idea.
So this is our “Flow-hive beehive opening”.
I’m not going to lie here… Wendell is the assembly guy in our relationship. I was just looking and taking a few photos to remember the start of this fantastic adventure. He found it easy to read the instructions but declared: “there are some people out there who are going to stuff it up”.
A little while later, a brood box was ready to fill with frames, then a super, ready to welcome the Flow-hive frames.
Lucky Wendell had a little assistant to help pass the screws.
Finally the roof was assembled! You can imagine the smell coming from the freshly cut wood. A delight!
And here it is! All assembled. Can you see the pretty little window on the side? And the landing strip in front of the long door?
The beehive seems very sturdy, quite pretty and well designed.
Now the big question for us is: how do we protect it from our subtropical climate? Should we treat it against parasites? Should we paint it with an organic paint like my parents just did for their beehives?
And of course there is the question of the position in our garden. Where will it be easy to access for the bees but not in the way of our family life? Where will it have enough sun to be warm and dry enough.
To be continued…
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