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  1. #41
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    Default Re: Flow Hive Experience - So Far

    >I suspect many frustrated people who find out their Flow frames are actually propolis traps.

    So far I've only seen the cracks filled with wax.
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  3. #42
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    The propolis will depend upon region. Seasons that are short are not going to have near the problem as longer seasons will. I know for a fact if you have your flow Hive on any other time in Tennessee than in the early spring you are asking for propolis problems. Ours bees plug up the hive in the late summer / fall like it is going out of style.
    Splitting a first year hive successfully https://youtu.be/ZfRTreQ-S9c

  4. #43
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    Week 3 Inspection. The Flow was looking pretty good. I have a 7 Frame Flow. The bees are working the center out on both sides of 3 frames and one side of the 2 more. The all look pretty much like this. Using wax and not propolis in the frames.

    http://eye.fi/S84ukN
    Mike Harrell
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  5. #44
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    mharrell11, that looks pretty good, thanks for the pic!
    Good flow going on now for you down there?

  6. #45
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    The flow is pretty good right now and will be that way until July when it drops off for about 2 months.
    Mike Harrell
    Zone 9B - First Hive April 17, 2012

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    Default Re: Flow Hive Experience - So Far

    Didn't do a full inspection this week, I just pulled off the end cap of the Flow Hive. I have to admit I was surprised at how much honey they have added this week. I was pretty impressed.
    20160429_114717_001.jpg

    One final note. When I added the flow I saw a ton of SHB's the 1st week. I did lift the inner cover and did not see a single SHB today.
    Mike Harrell
    Zone 9B - First Hive April 17, 2012

  8. #47
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    Another update....

    Looking like I will be extracting the honey from Flow this week. I decided to add another brood box this week while doing my inspection, so I had to remove the Flow. It was very heavy. Guessing it was around 60 pounds at least. The Flow doesn't really have a good placement of handles to lift, so it was difficult to put it back on a 2 tier deep.

    BTW, 2 tier deeps is my way of doing splits.
    Mike Harrell
    Zone 9B - First Hive April 17, 2012

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    Extracted 3 frames of honey yesterday. Yielded about 11 lbs(my scale could be off) of honey or little more than 1 1/2 gallons in my 2 gallon bucket. Bees apparently thought there was a honey raid happening.

    Video of hive during extraction.
    https://youtu.be/yFi3_V7Ktf8
    Mike Harrell
    Zone 9B - First Hive April 17, 2012

  10. #49
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    How are you sure all the honey is capped before drawing it off? DO you check the moisture content?

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    I did test and it was fine, but you could actually see the caps all the way to the ends of the 3 frames I extracted. I should have taken a photo before I extracted so all could see. Here is a photo I took this morning. The bees have not cleared the was from the frame yet, but you can see the capping on the empty frames.

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    Last edited by mharrell11; 05-13-2016 at 11:33 AM.
    Mike Harrell
    Zone 9B - First Hive April 17, 2012

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    I've been documenting my experiences with the Flow Hive since I installed a three-frame nuc on March 19th.
    I'll post all my videos here and add more when I publish them.


    Enjoy.

    Install Day

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    A couple of days after install. Hand-made reducer.

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    End of Week One: Note that I have traditional hives as well.

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    Week 2: Drawn comb

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    Week 4: Added a brood box. Here you see why I don't narrate videos.

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    Week 5: 1st of 3 Oxalic Acid Vaporization treatments

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    week 5.5: Some Slo-Mo

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    Week 6: Prepping the Flow frames with wax and adding the super

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    Week 6.2: Acceptance of the Flow Frames

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    Week 7: Bees heavily working the Flow Frames

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