After talking to local beekeepers (since I don’t have the first clue), I don’t think I will use my flow frames in the first year. I live in Portland, Oregon, and am waiting for two nucs with locally bred bees. They aren’t the top honey producers, but on the plus side, they are said to be pretty hardy. I’m also told not to expect to harvest any honey in the first year. That’s fine with me, but it also means I’m not going to even use the flow frames until 2017.
I’m curious to hear opinions from others in this area.
Also, there is some interest from those other beekeepers to try out the flow frames. I’d loan them out, but does it make sense for them to put a single, or maybe two, flow frames into their hive? Or would you not want to mix flow frames with traditional? Also, if I loan them out, how do I clean and disinfect them upon return?