First year with a Flow hive. established hive in April from a package and bees seem healthy and built out bottom box. I used frames but no foundation, regardless no issues and hive looked great on inspection. In mid June prepared flow super, painted box and frames with melted comb-wax. placed excluder and installed box.
Well now is last day of August, I have inspected regularly and have seen lots of activity with many bees probing empty cells both in center and outside of super ( observation window and extraction panel ) There seems to be propolis being deposited in the frames, around cells but after 10 weeks I do not see any cells filled whatsoever. Any ideas as to what happened (or more accurately didn’t happen)? Also as now we are heading into fall I’d like guidance on the best method of removing the flow super and allowing the hive to get ready for winter. And how to make sure the super is ready for storage/prepped for trying again next year?
Thanks for any and all advice criticism - I want to do well by my bees!