Inspired by the need to help honey bees live longer, 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, easier health monitoring, universally exchangeable smart comb frames and in-hive feeding stations, Fold-Hives are now ready for their first production run.
Tighter Spaces for 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 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 comfortably 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 much more energy efficient. To manage humidity, we’ve included Venturi chimney vent openings so that air can rise and exit through the attic. This action vents away excess hive moisture creating a drier, healthier environment for bees.