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Offline RobboWA

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Flow Hives
« on: May 22, 2017, 07:39:44 AM »
Hi Team,

Just curious on how the flow hives are going? They have been in service for a while now, is the maintenance high on them, are they holding up wear and tear wise?

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Clint

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Re: Flow Hives
« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2017, 12:39:52 PM »
I have one. I moved a 2 medium super hive into one. They just started to work in the honey section and then they super swarmed (swarmed 3 times) and moved back out of the honey super. I had to reduce the hive to a single medium and add a soft ball size of bees that were bearding up outside of my observation hive. As part of adding the ball of bees, I moved them to a friends yard, 10 miles away.
I just brought them home last night and I will be inspecting them tomorrow and hopefully they are ready for another brood box. I was given this hive by someone who could not get them to work the flow box.
Jim
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Re: Flow Hives
« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2017, 05:42:01 PM »
Jim, wouldn't this be a bad time of the year for you to use the flow frames?  It is my understanding that they need a heavy flow.  I have heard in light flows they jam the mechanism up with propolise.
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Re: Flow Hives
« Reply #3 on: Today at 12:34:26 AM »
This is our flow.
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Re: Flow Hives
« Reply #4 on: Today at 08:53:02 AM »
I thought your main flow was in March and April.
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Re: Flow Hives
« Reply #5 on: Today at 08:57:47 AM »
Clint,  Jims in USA , he comments reg on this site & sometimes it throws us here in Aus, I'm in Mandurah & because of the poor flow this year I left the flow in the shed & used the conventional 8fr WSP. Ciao Tony

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Re: Flow Hives
« Reply #6 on: Today at 12:26:02 PM »
I thought your main flow was in March and April.
My flow this year started in March and will hopefully run through September. I do get a few dry weeks during the summer.
Jim
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