In taking a closer look at my flow frames, I notice that each 1/2 of each cell seems to be set at a different height. Is that normal? I was wondering this because I saw my girls doing a lot of exploring but didn’t seem to be using the flow frames. The hexagon of the cell lines up ok, it’s just that one side of each cell is set deeper than the other. In looking at the frame straight on the difference in the height of the two sides of each cell creates a somewhat “striped” appearance.
Since I was quite concerned about this, I just dug into the hive. To my delight, I found that the girls had started to draw out some of the flow cells and there is even nectar inside some. So, I am somewhat relieved that they are just slow in using them. But I would like some confirmation that all is well with the frames. This is a regular Flow Hive.
I have another hive with flow frames (3) and standard frames with plastic foundation (4, 2 on each side of the flows). The bees are drawing out the plastic foundation fairly well, but don’t seem to have started yet on the flow frames, although they do seem to have sealed the cracks within each cell. They do seem to be more attracted, at least initially, to the plastic foundation as opposed to the flow frames. Perhaps once they have used them this will not be the case.