I saw the flow hive in the media the day the crowd funding appeal began and was immediately intrigued. I have some familiarity with bees- my brother used to own a few hives on Kangaroo Island- Ligurian bees. I told my mother who is a great early adopter of new technology. She also became intrigued- and immediately ordered some frames- then upgraded to a complete hive- then ‘accidentally’ ordered another complete hive. She joined our local bee keeping club and awaited her hives eagerly. They arrived safe and well in January. Assembling went very well- the quality is excellent. The instructions were clear and there were no parts missing, no hitches- after multiple coats of tung oil it l just looks fantastic:
Due to the help of a very kind local bee keeper we were able to obtain an excellent Nuc just when we need it for the princely sum of $50! Amazing! And that included installation and a lecture on beekeeping!
This local beekeeper was a little skeptical of the flow hive- but had an open mind- and was impressed with the quality of the hive when he saw it. He particulary liked the design of the base board and entrance. Examining the flow frames up close immediately removed a few of his initial concerns about the flow design. He is interested to see how the hive progresses and said the hive location looked excellent. my mothers garden the perfect place for a hive and the spot she chose the best spot. Mum lives near the coast in Semaphore Adelaide- and we are hoping the bees will get a bit of good forage amongst the sand dune flora.
The nuc (consisting of 8 frames) was installed in the flow hive brood box and we left the hive to settle for a month before carrying out the first inspection:
Everything looked great there was activity on every frame, no signs of disease, capped and uncapped honey, brood, pollen, etc. Also the bees were friendly and compliant which is always good.
We left the hive alone for another three weeks before another inspection- and now things look even better- most frames were filled out and I luckily spotted the queen on the first frame we removed- she looked great. The bees had produced a little comb at the tops and between a few frames- we removed this- and decided it was time to put the flow super on! We noted a few ants on the base board thing- and some signs of possible moth webs- also noticed that you can see MILLIONS of bee legs poking down through the screen above! We’re going to raise the hive up on four bolts set into little tins of oil to ward of any ants- and keep an eye on any brood moth issues. Overall the hive looked very active and healthy:
That’s all for now- the flow super has been on for just a few days so far- let me know if you see anything of note in the photos- or have any advice, comments, etc. There is still a little bit of Summer left- and then all of Autumn- we had a little late summer rain this year and are hoping for some nectar flow over the next few months- I am so excited to see how the flow hive progresses. I will update this thread in a 3 weeks or so when we inspect the flow super for the first time!