I received my flow frames, and was very excited!
I noticed excess plastic ribbon or beads on the ends of the deep, stationary half-cells. In some cases, the bead covers 30% of the area of the cell. This bead was only on the lower half of the frames, and it looks like a manufacturing defect. All of my frames had this problem on both sides. See example pictures here:
In the demo videos, this bead is not there, and I’m really concerned this will prevent the bees from gaining access to the cells.
Do you think this be a problem for my bees?
Also, there were some spaces between the individual slats, which I assume I could fix by tightening the wire:
These are genuine flow hives, just in case people are concerned that the lack of bright yellow color indicates fake frames.