Going into year 2 of the beekeeping life style.
Year one saw us get our first set of bees from a local breeder (Russian Carniolan localized cross). Bees swarmed twice early on. I had 2 brood boxes and a flow supper but the bees did not register the supper as available space apparently.
The hive re-queened and I fed aggressively in the fall, but they flew the coop sometime mid-winter and were nowhere to be found during a late February inspection.
Year 2 - got a larger set of bees / frames (15 frames) and leveraged some of the left over honey from the previous year. Population was booming (filling in 3 brood boxes nicely with mix of brood/pollen/honey) so we added the flow hive (with some wax and a bit of syrup brushed on). No activity outside up at the flow-supper other than just some bees walking around and checking things out.
My bee provider asked if I knew of anyone on the forums in cold climates who had bees successfully fill the flow-hive AND survive the winter. If so, how long had you had the hive/bees previously and how long until they started working the flow-cells?
Somewhat frustrated and looking at the possibility of moving to traditional suppers next year, but hoping to hear some evidence of success and bee survival with the flow-hive in the northeast (Northern VA area is specifically where I am).