John is my name from Lawson in the Blue Mountains.
I have 2 hives, one with a brood box and 8 frame Flowhive and the other an 8 frame brood box and 8 frame super. I have flow hive for this as well, but because I only started this hive in late Feb 2017, decided to let this hive get strong enough for the upcoming colder months.
The Flowhive hive has not been filled as yet and on the external window can see about 20% being capped and not quite sure is the bees are using this or not. I was away for 3 weeks in March and thought I had more capped than what I saw today. As the weather is cold and wet these last few days, I worry about opening the flow hive and check out the frames for honey. The rear window allows me to see lots of bees working in all frames, but I cannot see any honey. This hive was started in mid Oct 2016, so I was hoping to get at least some honey.
The bees are very busy all the time and I hope that some warmer weather will return soon.
As I am newbie at beekeeping, I have been reading a lot and hope that i get to know some of you to share information with.