I’ve had my flow frames in place now for about 5 weeks (in central California coast). I have a Flow box with one full set and one hive with a box of 3 flow frames and 4 regular plastic frames. I can see from the observation windows that the bees are actively using the flow frame area, but I see no evidence that they have drawn out any of the frames. These hives started as packages the last week of April. They now have 2 deeps below the Flow frames.
I guess I am a bit confused if I should be checking on the boxes with flow frames as I normally do with standard frames? Do I open them up and take a look? Or should I try not to remove them and keep them in place. I don’t recall from any of the videos seeing the flow frames being removed…only the brood boxes below. But, I have to admit that I am curious as to whether the bees are actively using the Flow Frames or not. What have others been doing? I see there are many who have posted that it has taken a LONG time for their bees to start using the Flow Frames.