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Re: Flow Hive Experience - So Far

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.
 

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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
 

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mharrell11, that looks pretty good, thanks for the pic! :)
Good flow going on now for you down there?
 

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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.
 

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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.
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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.
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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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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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