After about 2 years in storage I was finally able to set up my Flow Hive. I live in the outskirts of Bangkok in Thailand, mostly urban area with a lot of gardens. My garden is also nicely developing, there seems to be enough flowers around.
I received my European bees from a Thai bee farm, where they normally collect a lot of sunflower honey. When the original hive was brought I placed it in my garden for 2 weeks, so the bees were used to the new environment.
Then I transferred the frames to the new Flow brood box. The bees were not at all disturbed by their new home.
One think I saw quickly is that they started to close the gaps in the flow-frames and they have been doing this now for about 2 months. I did not prepare the Flow frames with wax or anything.
Last inspection looked good, a lot of new brood, drones, a queen and a LOT of bees. I see the bees flying in with a fair amount of pollen. No signs of any disease, luckily.
However, despite the activity in the Flow part, not one cell up there has yet been filled with honey… seems that the honey flow is not high yet, here in this area.
I guess I have to be patient.
Is there anyone else with experience in this area (Thailand) , with hardly any season, just non stop warm and at times wet, but still flowers all year around?
Rob van Gelder