The good news is, you can keep a beehive almost anywhere!
And with a Flow Hive beekeeping is now even more accessible, as there’s no need for additional processing equipment or for lugging heavy frames full of honey for harvesting. From rooftops to balconies to backyards, it’s now possible to harvest honey directly from your hive.
Make sure there’s enough space at the back of the hive for you, your harvesting shelf and your jars for easy harvesting and give your bees a clear space at the front of the hive for their flight path.
You'll also need to check-in with local governing bodies to find out if there are any regulations that you need to be aware of, such as hive registration or location considerations.
A Flow Hive is great for beginners as our technology makes harvesting so easy, PLUS all hive purchases come with our Bee Supported package, including dedicated email, chat, phone support, and access to our Flow Community Forums that are a hive of activity and information.
If you’re not sure where to begin, we’ll help you get up and buzzing in no time.
Beekeeping with Flow is much the same as beekeeping the conventional way and the same practices should be adopted across the board for managing your hive in your specific climate to ensure your bees are kept safe and happy.
In addition there is a lot of new beekeeping terminology that you’ll need to understand. From queen excluders to drone bees and all the parts of a beehive, download our simple PDF guide to beekeeping here to get on top of it all.
What the Flow Hive does is make honey harvesting easy. This is usually one of the most difficult processes involved in keeping bees, but the other parts such as colony care and hive maintenance are important too.
Part of keeping a beehive is inspecting the hive for pests and diseases, especially in the brood box where the queen and worker bees live.
The frequency of inspections will depend on your location. Ask your local beekeeping club or mentor for advice on what works best in your area.
If you simply want to turn on the tap with zero maintenance another option is to employ a local beekeeper to set up your hive and provide the maintenance for you.
If you’re looking for the best way to get started we highly recommend going with one of our available bundles that include everything you need to get started – a beehive, suit and a smoker.
A high quality beekeeping suit is an essential piece of beekeeping equipment. Even though Flow technology allows you to harvest honey without opening the hive, you’ll still need to perform regular hive inspections to maintain a healthy colony, so protective gear is still necessary.
The bundle also includes a smoker – a must-have in every beekeeper’s kit. Smoke masks the alarm pheromone emitted when the hive is disturbed. This helps the colony to remain calm during inspections.
One of the most frequently asked questions from new beekeepers is – “How do I get bees?”.
The first thing to remember as that when bees are ready for a new home they won't always wait around, so it's important to have your Flow Hive set up and ready to go.
One of the best ways to source bees is from a reputable bee breeder who will help to provide you with a Nuc – a small colony which includes a laying queen, workers, drones and 4 or 5 frames of brood and honey (watch on YouTube).
Or you can receive a colony split from a beekeeping friend, mentor, beekeeping club or bee enthusiast (Watch on YouTube).
Johanna Griggs of Better Homes & Gardens shares her beekeeping story.
This invention is incredible. I have 22 jars of honey in 11 minutes and all I’ve had to do [to harvest] is turn a key... I can’t believe that something so simple that we can all be doing can be doing so much good in the world. It just gives me so much joy!
In over 130 countries.
From backyards, gardens, rooftops to balconies.
In over 130 countries.
From backyards, gardens, rooftops to balconies.
Did you know that Cedar connects in with our Flow Community every week on Facebook Live? You can ask him questions and have them answered from your lounge room!
Watch him answer new to beekeeping questions here:
We’re also here to help, and operate during Australian business hours, Monday to Friday. Email with our friendly support staff, phone in and kick back for a good old chat with Trace, or live chat to get fast answers to your buzzing questions.
If you're thinking about getting set-up for the first time, here is a handy Decision Chart to help make your choice a bit easier.
Yes! Getting set up with a Flow Hive is a great interactive family activity as our revolutionary honey harvesting technology removes the need for additional harvesting equipment, making this enjoyable hobby much more accessible.
All Flow customers get unlimited access to our basic beekeeping guides, beginner beekeeper video series, email, phone and chat support to get you set up and confident in starting your new hobby. We also have a dedicated forum where members of the 75,000 strong Flow community discuss beekeeping and answer any questions you may have.
Still have questions? We'd love to hear from you.
Yes! The Flow Hive is successfully in use in all climates wherever beekeeping is possible, from hot climates to cold.
In cold climates, it’s important to ensure your bees have enough resources for overwintering and to harvest before crystallization occurs.
Some beekeepers in the cold climates prefer to use larger hives, either Flow Hives with 7 frames (equivalent to a 10 frame Langstroth) or a Flow UK National Super to provide extra resources for overwintering.
Although Flow Hives require an initial outlay, in the long run, the amount of time, effort and expensive extraction equipment required to harvest from a Langstroth hive make the pricing comparable.
Flow technology is the first of it’s kind in the world. As with any new invention, the pricing is reflective of this. We aim to do business with all those involved in the creation of our products in an ethical and sustainable manner, and this is a further contributing factor to the price of our products.
All plastics used are of the highest quality available, all timber used is sustainably sourced, harvested, and milled, which means it is more expensive than using lower grade, less environmentally conscious timber sources. All staff are paid fair wages and employed in fair-trade conditions.
We are endeavouring to make this premium product as accessible as possible, and have a range of options to suit different budgets.
Bees rarely find their way into empty beehive boxes, even though they are designed to be a perfect home for them.
There are a number of ways of starting a colony, from buying a package of bees, to receiving a hive split or catching a swarm.
We also have a range of videos and blogs to help you understand the different ways in which you can source bees for your new hive.
Beekeeping is a fascinating and rewarding hobby, one in which the learning never ends.
We have a swarm of resources available to support all new beekeepers, including:
Plus a knowledgeable support team on hand to answer your questions.
Learning from experienced people in your local area is invaluable so it's also helpful to connect with a local beekeeping club, beekeeping course or mentor for support.
Yes! Flow Hives are perfect for setting-up just about anywhere.
You will need enough space to access the back of the hive for easy harvesting and your bees will require a clear space at the front of the hive for their flight path.
You'll also need to check-in with local governing bodies to find out if there are any regulations that you need to be aware of.
Here are some of our top tips on where to set up your beehive.
One of the greatest benefits of the Flow Hybrid is the ability to harvest both Flow harvested honey and honeycomb from the same super. You can learn more about it here.
Beekeeping is a labor of love. As with all animal husbandry, it’s a pastime that requires knowledge, skill and dedication and which carries with it inherent risks.
Beekeeping suits and other personal protective equipment can offer excellent prevention against bee stings but are not 100 percent effective. It’s important new beekeepers exercise caution when tending to their hives and are comfortable with the fact that sooner or later, all beekeepers get stung.
Check out this Flow sponsored safety pamphlet covering common beekeeping safety risks and first aid responses.