I’m sharing an observation with my 4 flow hives and my 2 flow 2 hive stands vs my 2 original Flow Hive stands. The back story to my observation. Last year in May we had the lock down and torrential rains and a tornado here in Nashville TN. Power outages abounded and closed bee supply businesses. So life was all overwhelming for many in my area.
I took a short cut which did not pay off which I’m sharing because in this instance my best thinking got me in bad situation. I wanted my bees to have some fresh frames because there were many that were just so dark looking and caused me to worry about it’s healthiness. My hives swarmed 7 times during a 4 day power out so I could not open my freezer to grab some frozen frames. I captured the swarms and and place them in cardboard nuks using my primo frames were in my hives. I then replaced my frames with new frames (which the bees did not like) for the bees to rebuild new frames for brood and stores in my hives. I cycled out the hive frames.
The lessen, I did to many frames and it was to much work for the bees because my hives were not strong enough. Now what happened was hive beetles abounded! I hate those bastages! I had traps with oil and many in each hive. But the hives which conquered the beetles best were the flow 2 as I filled the bottom boards with oil and the number of SMB it killed was a lot and it was disgusting.
So the lessons I learned this last year were many.
- Don’t give your hive to much rebuilding to do with frames
- Keep your bottom boards filled with oil.
- There are no short cuts
- To much bee space is a recipe for problems
- Keep learning but not the hard way if possible.
In conclusion, the flow 2 stand vs the flow 1 stand is easier to fight unwanted pests.