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INTRODUCING HONEYCOMB HIVES

How can Beekeeping be Improved?

We’re challenging how beekeeping is done.  We’ve designed a more sustainable hive system for bees and beekeepers and we want to “change the landscape” with it.

We know we’re onto something big, but we need your help to make it happen.   Sign up to learn more and get updates.   Discover our vision and progress.   Challenge our thinking.   Contribute your feedback.   We want you involved to help us get this right.

Our focus is on long-tailed eco-environmental consequences.  We’re all in to help honey bees regain their normal six week lifespan shortened by environmental challenges.

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Find out the why, what, where, when and who. Review the facts and reasoning behind our design decisions. Check out compelling statistical evidence about what helps and what hurts honey bees.

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ABOUT HONEYCOMB HIVES

The Start of Our Journey

“Every journey begins with a single step” Lao Tzu

 Langstroth, Warre, AZ and other hive systems all have their strengths.  But with average annual colony losses nearing twenty-five percent, someone needs to question conventional practices with rectangular hives.   We think beekeeping can benefit from re-thinking and we’re doing something about it.

First is improving the ratio of available comb to hive space.   Second is reducing disturbance typical during hive inspections.  Third is simpler modular hive components you can grow with.  Fourth, is exploring alternatives to the questionable practice of re-purposing wax.   Fifth,  technology (more later)

  What started as a single idea has morphed into something else altogether.  Inspiration for a new beehive evolved into an integrated system.  The first step for us was our decision to focus on healthy honey bee environs.   Making our hive system available to beeks world wide is our journey.   We hope one day, you’ll join us!

Meet Doug Lambrecht

Doug is a NC mountain farmer who decided to personally tackle some of the pithier challenges honey bees face. He spent the past four years tweaking and bee testing new beehive prototypes. While the objectives and principles guiding Doug’s designs are primarily bee-centric, making beekeeping more attractive and approachable are also included.  Doug is committed to find or innovate ways to improve bee environs so they can live full healthy lives, making for happier beekeepers who will then likely raise even more honey bees.

Obvious Growing Need

We’re all increasingly aware that honey bees are seriously challenged. Facts about honey bee losses and headwinds they face are alarming ! Between Varroa mites, Colony Collapse, extreme weather and rampant pesticides, the odds are staggeringly stacked against honey bees. Everyone seems to want to help, but nature needs far more from us than SAVE THE BEES Campaigns.

Purpose Driven Design

Our intentions are to make beekeeping easier, more fun, more attractive and profitable. Importantly, that means revisiting some assumptions currently taken for granted.  Like rectangular boxes.  Or the practice of recycling wax into foundation.  We are driven to innovate healthier environs for honey bees.  We’re also excited to introduce ways to help beekeepers make more money.  We think profitable beeks will reinvest.   So we’re pleased to offer some highly profitable tools, like our smart comb honey harvesting system.

How Can You Help?

There are a number of ways: Cheer us on. Tell your friends and beeks you know. Help us spread the word. Like, Follow, Share, Link, etc. It seriously all helps! And we will love you just as much! Sign-up to apply to be Fold-Hives Host. Or to become a Fold-Hive Sponsor. Or become a ground floor “Beeta” tester with us! Or help fund our journey by contributing. We’ll put every dollar to good use.

A NEW APPROACH TO BETTER BEE HIVES

Introducing Fold-Hives

Easier Hive Access, Smart Comb Frames, Sweeter Returns

Inspired by the need to help bees stay healthy, Fold-Hives are part of our exciting new approach to beekeeping, an integrative system offering healthier bee environs, while being decidedly kinder to beekeepers backs!

With modular hive boxes that fold open for full hive access, quicker inspections, easy health monitoring, exchangeable frames and in-hive feeding stations, Fold-Hives offer a logical and attractive alternative to typical rectangular hives.

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Tighter Spaces mean Happier Bees

Experienced beeks know that bees thrive in close quarters. A common practice, especially with small colonies, is to crowd them to fewer frames by using follower boards. Our Fold-Hives boxes are sized just right and enclosed by inner covers. The resulting ratio between available comb and cubic inches of hive space creates tighter spaces. This means bees don’t have to work quite so hard to maintain optimum cluster temperature.

Quicker Full Hive Inspections

The easy folding action not only helps beeks by offering full hive access with less lifting. It also allows quicker inspections with far less disruption. Since each side opens independently, beekeepers can selectively access portions of their Fold-Hive without disturbing the other side. Even if their entire hive is opened flat for full hive access, inner covers keep the bees in each hive box cosily contained until that specific portion of the hive is opened for inspection. This means the bees can calmly carry on with their business.

Better Insulation and Ventilation

The way Fold-Hives nest together means that each hive box is better insulated by the doubled walls. We’ve also added insulation board to each roof section, making Fold-Hives interiors more energy efficient. Our goal is to reduce the amount of bee-hours required to maintain cluster temperature. Ventilation is enabled in Fold-Hives via bee channels and through ways which allows air to slowly filter through each hive box to exit via attic vents. This action helps maintain drier, healthier bee environs.

FOLD-HIVES

Questions & Answers

Are Fold-Hives available for sale anywhere yet? 2018-03-17T20:21:07+00:00

Not yet.  We are just bringing Fold-Hives out of the prototype phase and into production.  We’re preparing for our first production run for early spring 2018.
For now, at least until we finalize manufacturing details, Fold-Hives will only be available as early release versions to backers and beta-testers on INDIEGOGO.

How do Fold-Hives compare to standard rectangular beehives? 2018-03-17T20:12:24+00:00

Size wise, Fold-Hive boxes contain slightly more comb area than a Langstroth Medium with 10 Frames.  As for appearance/aesthetics, the feedback is they are clearly better.

When Fold-Hives are opened won’t uncapped nectar leak out? 2018-03-17T20:14:56+00:00

Good practice means leaving the hive alone as much as possible during strong honey flow, but even if one needs to open their FOLD-HIVE before honey is capped, it’s unlikely to spill. The frames rotate less than half way so they’re never upside down. Honey is viscous so it flows slowly. Typical inspections are five minutes.

How does one move these hives? 2018-03-09T20:55:45+00:00

Pretty much the same way you would move a stack of rectangular hives. Strap them well and move with a couple of backs and/or a two wheel dolly.

These hives don’t look typical. Do they work with regular hive frames? 2018-03-09T20:55:45+00:00

No, they don’t. Typical hives are rectangular stacked boxes. Typical frames are rectangular leaving corners and margins outside the cluster. Fold-Hives frames will not fit in typical hives, nor will their’s fit ours.

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