My new hive design incorporates 4 flow frames. I chose to go with less to keep the cost of the hive down: but also because I figured- if you harvest more often- you could potentially harvest the same amount of honey from 4 frames as you could from 6? Does this make sense? It seems to me part of the reason commercial beekeepers use multiple supers is practicality: they cannot go and remove and replace full supers as often so install more and harvest more all in one swoop. Is this accurate? My beehive is designed for non-commercial urban/backyard use- so there should be no issue in general with harvesting more often.
Perhaps there is more to having multiple supers: when a colony is absolutely booming with a very large population- in a nectar flow- maybe they need multiple supers just to give them all room enough to work frames at the same time? So in this case 4 flow frames would limit the bees ability through sheer overcrowding at the frame? (if this is an issue: that’s ok for my design - as I can add shallow supers for comb production during peak season, heh heh)
I am wondering if their are any Flow Hybrid users who have already made multiple harvests from their frames. I imagine some hybrid users would leave the standard frames as food for the bees- and only harvest the flow frames- in which case they would essentially be working with a 3 or 4 frame super as far as harvest are concerned. So if my theory is correct- they would be able to harvest a little more often than people using 6 or 7 flow frames- and over time harvest the same amount? The only limit being the availability of forage?
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