Hi there, I have spent the last several years taking classes and learning from local keepers and am now finally ready to take the difficult plunge of starting my own hives in backwoods Maine. I recently came across the flow hive and am loving the idea! I would love to order one for next spring however most of what I have been able to see of this hive seems to be warmer weather setups. Has anyone successfully used the hive in colder climates ie wintered over in it? How well did the bees do? Last year we had a lot of below zero days and while I have learned a few tricks to help insulate over the winter, I am just curious how well it holds up. Also in the early spring when we have warmer days that bring the bees out of hibernation before there is enough resources for them to survive, how easy is the set up for feeding? Any info on using this hive in colder climates would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance
Ps to clarify some of my curiosities, if I were to order this I would be ordering the entire hive they sell including the brooder, and like everything in this world there are different quality levels, where this is still a newer product I was curious as to how well the flow super stores and what kind of maintenance it has at the start up and end of the season as well as how well it “sits” ie how stiff is it in the spring etc. Part 2 being is the brooder that comes with the complete flow hive designed exactly The same as a standard brooder? It seems to be but I wanted to clarify where sometimes products designed and used commonly in warmer climates don’t always have optimal performance In the opposite climate. I am asking these questions because it may be better for my area to get the brooder from one of my local beekeeping clubs and just order the flow super or if it is not designed to be used in the shorter season that my area has ie needs larger production volume and longer season, or doesn’t store well for the lengthier cold climates then it may not be the best investment for me.