Beehive product breaks crowdfunding website record

A new beehive product on crowd-funding website Indiegogo called The Flow Hive, which allows the harvesting of honey without opening the hive limiting the stress on the bees, has raised $2.18M in the first day, breaking the record for most funds raised in the first 24 hours.

The Flow Hive Indiegogo campaign took 477 seconds to reach its goal of $70,000.

Hive co-inventor Cedar Anderson said: "In this modern world of limited natural habitat, beekeepers have become vital carers of bee colonies. Our goal is that Flow Hive will encourage thousands more people to become advocates of bees and become more aware of the threats facing not only bees, but the matrix of life."

The father and son design team from Australia, Stuart and Cedar Anderson, have been working on a simplified method of honey collection for a decade, and for the past three years have been field testing their Flow Hive design.

Co-inventor Stuart Anderson said: "We have been completely blown away by the support thus far on the Indiegogo platform, and we hope our invention will create awareness and a community of beekeepers around the world that will harvest in a bee-friendly way."

With this system, it is no longer necessary to smoke the bees and dismantle the hive, remove the honeycombs and extract honey with a centrifugal extractor. Instead, with the turn of a lever, the honeycomb cells open and the honey drains down to a pipe at the back of the hive, directly into a drum or jar. When the lever is turned back, the honeycomb cells are reset and ready to be refilled with honey.

The Flow Hive saves labour involved in honey extraction. The Flow frames are designed to fit conventional beehives.

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