I added the flow super on a second year hive about 5 weeks ago. The bees are taking to it fine this year except they are treating the frames like brood frames by filling and capping around the top and sides, leaving the middle open for brood (presumably) . I have excluder in place and have confirmed the queen is below. I am only running 1 brood box being near Sydney with a mild climate. A friend has said I should give them another brood box so they can expand the brood nest more. There is a good nectar flow on and lots of swarms.
Hello Claire, I am thinking that the bees are doing that from their natural instinct or habit. Both of my flow hives did the same thing and possibly so did my standard Langstroth hives but I wasn’t checking them as often to have noticed. With a strong flow at the time they soon lost the idea of leaving brood space and stored honey over the whole of the frames. And yes, I had a QX on all of my hives. Both my Flow hives got the F supers on July 1st and one is only days away from its 3rd extraction and after the 1st extraction they treated all of the cells equally as honey storage cells. The 2nd Flow Hive is getting close to a second extraction.
I agree with your thought in the way the bees are treating the frames and that the bees will soon come around to filling all the cells.
Hi Claire yes same has happened to us on both full flow hive and our hybrid over the last few years. Plenty of room in the brood box this time round so not sure why. They only do it on the middle 2 or 3 frames. This was one of reasons why we just converted the 3 flow frame hybrid back to a 6 frame flow hive super.
I would only add another brood box if you want more bees. I have double brood, and when they are very strong, they are quite a handful to inspect. I would stick to one, if your bees overwinter nicely in one box.
I have seen the same empty arc as you. One option is to wait, as others have said. One thing I have done in the past, with success, is to put a frame of empty comb in the brood box under the arc in the Flow frames. That gives the queen space to lay down there, and the urge to leave empty space higher up went away in my hive.
Very normal for this to happen, mine are doing the same thing.
Mine did this on the single brood box hive but not on the double.