ok so collected my first hive… a 5 frame hive in a nuc travel box over the weekend. Put my flow hive together yesterday and in my rush to get it all done in order to move my hive over to the new flow hive box, I sealed it with Deck oil (cabots water based oil for garden furniture) In hindsight I realise I should have checked what others used as I now read it could be toxic to the bees. What shall I do? Clearly I’m a bit of an idiot. I haven’t opened the nuc box yet but understand it’s full and needs to be moved to more frames pronto. I have also painted the inside of the flow boxes, roof and base.
Secondly, the roof of the flow frame was missing the two under side pieces so there are good entrances to hive either side for the bees to defend. I am thinking in the meantime of covering over the round hole in the inner cover so they are more protected. Is this ok?
Thirdly, I was given some additional comb from their original nuc box to put in another frame. It is a combination of honey and pollen and the honey is running in places and some flies have been on it. Now that it has already been 5 days that it’s been out of the hive, is it still ok to use?
And lucky last question…what’s people’s experience with the foundation less frames received from flow? I don’t really have time to order any foundation frames so think it’s a case of hoping they draw the extra frames out well with comb. Feeling a bit unprepared and clueless.