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Coating flow frames with beeswax?


#1

Hi all- First post here, and I apologize if it’s been asked before. I used the search feature but couldn’t find the answer. :smile:

Is it recommended (or is it discouraged) that we coat the flow frames with a thin layer of beeswax, similar to how plastic foundation is sometimes prepped to encourage the bees to work them? I’m so excited to get my frames in a few days!

Kind regards!


#2

I haven’t even heard it addressed. Coating the plastic foundation boards is a pretty easy process. Flat surface, liquid wax, quick dip, and bob’s your uncle.

The Flows are pretty intricately detailed molded plastic. They have to be able to move and shift when you tap them. I can’t imagine any process for coating such items that wouldn’t inevitably gum up the works.

The bees laquer and varnish their wax cells, I expect the flow cells will get the same treatment.


#3

The complexity of the molded plastic is what gave me pause as well. Thank you! :slight_smile:


#4

Hi Liz, I wondered why the bees took so readily to the flow frames when I personally found the bees are not all that keen to work on plastic initially. It must be something to do with the fact that the bees repair the gaps between the flow sections with wax, when the sections are aligned. I don’t think there would be any need to coat the flow frames with wax in advance.


#5

Thank you so much! I appreciate the quick response. Can’t wait! :sunny:


#6

Hi & your most welcome, thank YOU, good luck when it arrives, cheers.


#7

We have always just put the frames straight into the hives as is. The bees do a pretty good job of filling in the little gaps and coating the plastic in wax.


#8

@Liz I have a couple of plastic frames one was coated in a thin layer of wax, they are pulling it out quite happily


#9

I am very glad to read this. I appreciate folks chiming in, especially for a newbee like me! :slight_smile: :blush: :slight_smile:


#10

If it’s not recommended to coat the flow frames with wax, how about a light spray wirh sugar syrup to encourage the bees to work the frames sooner,


#11

I didn’t want to dip plastic frames in wax so I made some wax blocks and used it like an eraser over the plastic - it worked really well and less messy - may try it on the Flow frames


#12

After I put my Flow super on I didn’t check it for 22 days. All frames were fully filled and capped; so bees take to the frames readily as they are if there is a honey flow on.


#13

On the flow hive is it possible to get moulds of the hive frames and use wax to then build my workflow frames. Would this work out and would it be more viable in terms of being more environmentally friendly and also easier harvesting without disturbing the bees.