We live on the Central Coast of NSW and we’ve had our flow hive for just on 1 year now. During that time we have added a second flow hive. It been fantastic to compare and watch the two hives grow and develop.
What we have noticed is that the second hive which we installed around 6 months ago using a split from the original hive is way more productive then the original. We have harvested 2 frames from this hive to date. We have inspected the original hive on multiple occasions. Around 7 months ago, we noticed the bees were taking an interest in the flow super frames. During later inspections we saw the bees were filling up the super but not all the way to the back edge where the viewing window is. This honey is probably 7 months old now. During the last inspection, we moved 2 flow frames which had the most honey to the outside of the super in an effort to encourage more activity on the frames that had less honey. As you can see from the pics, we have capped honey on the end frames but it does not extend to the back viewing window which is why we haven’t harvested those frames.
Do you have any tips to encourage the bees to build out the honey to the back so we can realise some honey from this hive? Should we requeen? 12 months is a long time with no honey! When we do finally harvest the honey, will the honey be okay to eat given it has been in there for many months? Thank you in advance for your comments!