I have checked over my Flow frames & tey are looking very very close to being full right to the edge cells. Prior to my tyrning the key & letting the honey FLoooowwwww I wanted to just check with the experts here & ask for some tips. I do have a few questions so please feel free to help a newbee like me out
What time of day/ temperature of day/ should I do the harvest? Keep in mind I live in a hot climate & the week ahead will be 35C+ most days. Should I wait till a day below 30C?
I have a new brood box waiting for the day I split my hive into. Now I realise this would probably need a whole nother thread, but basically, would it be wise to do the split after harvesting or let the bees re-fill the flow hives one more time (which they will do over spring-summer) THEN split the hive after that?
How many KG of honey should I expect from FULL flow frames? I have ordered a 30KG size bucket with tap to drain directly into with hoses.
How long does it take to fully drain the flow frames?
After draining the flow frames would it be a good idea to inspect the brood box while i have the opportunity & therefore see if the brood has outgrown its home & would be best to split? ( Albit related to my Q2)
There is a problem with the plastic strip that goes on the inside of the flow frame box that would normally seal up nicely with the flow frame nearest the edge. My problem is that it has buckled (probably happened when i first put the flow frame in but I didnt notice) And now there is a 4 mm gap running up the edge & the bees are not filling the edge cells near that gap. Is that a big deal? I can fix that after I harvest OR maybe seal it with something temporarily?
I keep thinking of new Q’s more related to the hive split… If I split the hive & move the second hive to a new location approx 10 meters away, what will the bees do? Go back to original hive? Figure out that the new location is there new hive?
Thanks in advance fellow beekeepers
PHOTO 1 - You can see the flow frames are nearly full but also can see on the left there the gap made because of the buckled plastic strip.
PHOTO 2 - The bee tray - Does everything look OK in there?
PHOTO 3 - Night vision of the HIVE - I have a “Bee cam” setup so I can watch them from work if I so desire!