Just wanting some advice around removing the flow frames for inspection in the super.
My bees are doing very well through our mild Qld winter (on outskirts of Brisbane). All the frames are looking pretty full from the end window, and we’ve harvested 2 frames across the last month, and they quickly fill them again.
However, we are finding it difficult to remove the honey filled frames (in order to check they are fully capped) without flexing them to some degree and as a result causing some slow leaks.
Last inspection my husband could not get two frames out at all. The bees were pretty cranky at the disturbance and it was his first time suited up and in charge (I recently shattered my elbow in a fall and can’t get into a suit at the moment, nor would I be much help one-armed!!).
The end view is clearly not a good indicator of what is ready to be harvested. One of the frames we thought ready to harvest was only 2/3 capped.
Any tips on how to get frames out that are well affixed at the bottom? (We do have a QE in place).
I also read a post (elsewhere) from a relatively local experienced beek who said this time of year bees should not be disturbed. Inspecting super frames I imagine breaches this suggestion? Curious what others with flow hives in the Brisbane - northern NSW area think?