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Adding a Flow Hive super to established colony


#1

Hello. A couple months ago I was given a colony of bees, which are currently living in two deep 10-frame Langstroth boxes. I would like to add a Flow Hive super (Classic Cedar 7-Frame), but - will my flat top roof fit correctly on the new super? It looks like it might not sit right because of the knobs on the removable wood top bar…

Thanks!


#2

You are absolutely right. There are several solutions. One is to use several inner covers/crown boards, stacked on top of each other until the knobs clear the roof. Another is to put a very shallow box or two (often called an Imirie shim) on top of the inner cover but under the roof. Here is a very thin one:
http://www.brushymountainbeefarm.com/8-Frame-Imirie-Shims/productinfo/254IS/

A third (least desirable) is not to worry about the skew, and when you come to harvest, just prop the lid up during the actual process.

You could also nail a couple of wood blocks inside your roof to lift it up, if it is the telescoping type. If you have a migratory cover, that will definitely not work.


#3

Thats what I do… just prop it up on some wood so there is enough of a slant backwards to allow the honey to drain.

You could add a riser, such as the type used for a migratory lid, you can buy the parts at most beekeeping supply stores.