Hi Clint - just letting you know I’m in Katoomba and have 1 flow hive (and currently 1 empty langstroth which I will be starting with a nuc next spring). Let me know how you go. I received my first nuc of bees late January in 2016 and fed them a little bit to get them going - they survived the winter fine. A few beekeepers in the upper mountains are slowly connecting through things like instagram and we are trying to share our experiences of what’s in flower, when there is a flow on, climate etc - so keep in touch. Cheers Katie
@Rmcpb - Rob - with your experience in the Blue Mountains, do you pack down your hives during winter? Last year I hadn’t put my super on - so I didn’t need to. This year I have a completely chocca full of bees single brood & super, and starting to think about how I over winter them. I’ve read so many conflicting advice (like removing the queen excluder) - the only consistent one seems to be “connect with a beekeeper in your area who knows what the winters are like” and whether you should or not. Would be keen on your thoughts. Thank you so much, Katie.