Funny thing happened after harvesting 3 of my 6 flow frames. Although doing some searching, I’ve answered most of my own questions. Please let me know if you’ve got anything to correct, or info to add. Thanks!
- Climate: Mediterranean (Southern Australia).
- Bees introduced to new Flowhive Jan 2016.
- My Bees swarmed in Sept 2016, taking most of the honey
(topic: Has my hive swarmed? )
Early Feb, 2017 - Ready for first harvest…
[Flow frames a referred to as 1-6, from L to R]
The two end frames were about 50% full; but all the middle ones appeared to be chocked with honey. I was excited for my first harvest! Please note: This photo was taken at 12:30pm (just before inspection).
The side-panel - Frame #1 - capping happening from the top down (2/3’s capped?). Lifted frame #6, and it was about 1/3 capped.
Inspection of frame #5 - fully capped.
Inspecting / trying to separate rest of frames.
My first harvest! Completely exciting. Please note, the time is now 3:30pm, as I let the bees ‘settle down’ after the inspection. This is the first frame harvested (#3), but note that some of the honey from the end of frame #2 is has ALREADY been removed by the bees. I read a bit about this in topic (Harvesting question); but I didn’t realise until reviewing the image times carefully that this ‘moving of the honey’ by the bees occurred after the inspection and BEFORE harvest, as this pic is taken less than a minute after harvesting began.
Jar nearly full - wow - so much honey from a single frame, prob at least 3kg! (Jar was covered with glad wrap, but removed it for the pic). After this, harvested frames #4 and #5 - but not #2, or either of the end frames.
This image was taken today - one week after the harvest. Some honey starting to fill in the harvested frames. The ends of frame #2 is still largely empty (compare to the first image, above); but also frame #1 (as seen from the viewing window) looks near completely capped, despite no honey in the end view.
Another thing you’ll notice, is that the ‘leakback gap’ may be blocked on a few frames (incl #2), so the honey is collecting there. I’ll have to clear them.
So, there you have it. Many questions, some of which I think I’ve worked out, some of which I don’t even know what to ask yet!