Just building my flow 2 7 frame. And it would appear that I have 2 side panels from the same side… As the pilot holes both face the same way when assembled. I guess there is no reason why I cannot just build it like this and create my own new pilot holes. Can anyone see a problem with this??
I’ve ‘flagged’ this for @Freebee2 who works for Flow Hive for her opinion but if the box assembles with the edges of the box being level and the position of the holes being the only issue, then you could drill new holes and fill the ‘old’ holes with wood filler or epoxy. But I would also let Flow Hive know by email and include your order and invoice number in the email with maybe a photo or two so they can see the issue.
Welcome to the forum, you will find lots of reading and nice folks happy to help with good advice you along.
Peter, thanks… Awaiting reply from Hive Flow. I. Am now working for the next 2 nights so won’t get any more done anyway.
Hi @gordon_fellows that’s perfect - I’m sure you’ll receive a response very shortly. Meantime, the forum is a great place to come for any beekeeping advice, there are some very experienced and helpful folk here who will be glad to help.
I may well be asking some more questions soon
Sounds good to me @gordon_fellows
There have been a few cases where I’ve wished someone asked more questions…
I know it’s a cliche but really no question is too silly, just remember that you’ll probably be saving some other poor soul from asking
Fire them away Gordon, it is one of the things that keeps the site as good and interesting as it is.
Cheers and stay safe
Response now received
Hi folks, I’ve only joined this forum as of last night and I’m really enjoying the discussions. Thank you to all the willing contributors it is interesting and encouraging. I wonder if anyone has a thought around making a second entrance into the front of the flow super for easier bee access? Apparently some swear by it in traditional hives to aid bee traffic and others equally oppose the idea.
Welcome to the forum Jeff, lots of folks here happy to pass on tips and advice.
There is for and against about a second entrance but this is my thoughts to consider. The Flow hive already has a full width entrance which is more than enough for bee access and ventilation, it is already too wide for the bees to defend if a robbing situation occurs.
Some, like me, have reduced the hive entrances and it has worked for me in my climate which is a mild sub-tropical. It makes the hives easier to defend against robbing and cuts down the wind blowing in the entrance onto the brood frames. I have done that to both my Flow Hives and my traditional Langstroth hives.
Like JeffH I would recommend looking on the internet for a video called “City of Bees” which is well worth watching a few times.
I have added a pic of a double entrance which I have used with good results with the entrace reduced to about 100mm in total.
Hi Peter48, thanks for the tip and the photo you sent. That looks a great idea for th eentrance. I had quite a bit of bearding last summer which is one of the reasons why I was wondering about increased ventilation as well. I see previously you add a couple of vents on the top of your flow covers. And I’ll watch the “city of bees” too!
Some disagree with better(more) ventilation but it has definitely worked for me in reducing bearding from mid afternoon on into the night. I have added a roof vent to each end of my Flow gables as well as on my migratory Langstroth roofs.
A stock standard Flow Hive, or a traditional hive, might be perfect in some climates but not all climates are the same. So be prepared to experiment. The reason I made a double entrance is because the bees will fan air in one entrance and out the other so eliminating the vortex of a single entrance. This is bearding which some might like but to me it is an unproductive hive which is too hot inside for all the bees to work in.