Hi people this my first time on this forum. I live in Northern New South Wales on the table lands where it gets rather cold.
At the moment I have not used my two Flow Hives as I decided to wait until spring to disturb my bees as the hives only arrived in march and the weather was starting to turn cold. So as you can imagine I am rather keen to use my new hives, Patience is a virtue they say.
So having time on my hands I assembled the Hoop-pine classic, and converted a Langford Box for the extra extra flow frames and in general fussed about painting them and letting them air out to lose the smell of the paint. Now all I have to do is wait for spring.
I was having trouble with meat ants attacking the hive so I sprinkled some ant dust on the ground and then lifted my hives.
With Cafe table stands. that is a single sharft table with five foot extensions on the bottom of the raising tube.
Picked it up at my local recycling depot at the local tip also used an Office chair took the seat off it and mounted the hive on it.
It also allows me to swivel the hive into the sun during winter, without actually having to disturb the hive by moving it.
The table stand is quite stable but the chair has to be placed on an even surface because it does not have the very stable spread of the feet.
My bees seem to be very happy in in their hi-rise appartment which is situated in my 20 tree orchard. The fruit trees loosing their leaves in winter gives them some air conditioning, Cool in summer and full sun in winter now what more could they ask for ?
Both hives are carrying a full supa of honey as I do not want to stress the bees, food wise, also there is a second supa which is partially full.
I started bee keeping just to improve pollination in my orchard and garden, the honey is a by product as far as I am concerned. although it be a nice by-product in fact I am not a honey eater at all. My family tell me its great honey mainly being from White and Yellow Box trees.
Kind regards to all on the Forum