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Flow hives in Cheshire United Kingdom


#1

Hi everyone I’ve just bought a flow hive and i was wondering if anyone else in the United Kingdom has one that lives near Cheshire and if yours has been set up for a season what advice you have for a newbee :honeybee:


#2

Steve,

I’m a Flow-Owner over in the West Coast in US… I know there are quite a few Flow-Hive in the UK… Just keep watch n be patient … Someone with local knowledge should address you soon.

Welcome aboard n enjoy. I got mine in mid July here in Washington State. They have filled a double deep “Flow” already but is too late for the Flow-Super.

. I’m looking forward to season 2017 n a successful Flow-hive honey harvest. I also have four other non-Flow hives as well. I am a returning beekeeper from my teen years in the 1950’s n 60’s.

Take care n keep learning,
Gerald.


#3

Hi Gerald
Thanks I’m hoping to connect with a few local flow hive keepers as local knowledge of how they work here would be great! Carnt wait to get it and treat the wood then set it up


#4

Put a feeler out on the UK flow FB page. Have you got yellow fields around you in the spring?


#5

Good idea thanks I’ve just looked them up and requested to join


#6

I’m not a million miles away - in Lichfield, about an hour and a half from you. I’m a newbie too!


#7

With the state of the UK motorways at the moment, that could be 8 hours! :smiling_imp:

We took a 3.5 hour drive in June, but it took 10 hours. Gloucester to Leeds, much of it at 5 mph or less… :scream:


#8

Hi Sally? Is your hive set up now or have you just bought it like me?


#9

Lol indeed! it can be a bit hit and miss can’t it!


#10

the bees are in the brood box at the apiary - i’m bringing it home tomorrow! :slight_smile:


#11

What type of bees have you picked?


#12

erm… honey bees!!! sorry I’ve no idea, i put my name down for a nuc and have got what i was given!!


#13

I’ve ordered a Nuc of Buckfast bees for early next year as my hive hasn’t come yet and even when it does I need to set it up probably not the cheapest option but I’ve been told it will be worth it! Was your Nuc a lot?


#14

i paid £100 but it included everything i needed, including lots of people helping me out, building things, feeding them etc!!


#15

That’s a really good price from what I’ve seen! Let me know how you get on over the next few weeks


#16

Oh really? what does anyone else pay? i’ve got no idea!


#17

We paid $175 for a 5-frame nucleus with a young (born 2016), laying, marked VSH-Italian queen. Seems a lot, but they were very high quality nuclei with lots of food stores and nice brood pattern.


#18

that’s about £135 in US dollars, or about the same in Australian! are you in the states?


#19

I’ve ordered an over wintered Nuc with a Buckfast queen/colony from a bee breeder that’s got good reviews and after sales care and it’s £195 but I’ve seen the same thing for £295 from other breeders! Buckfast are ment to be very very sedate and calm and the least prone to swarming but we will see! U will have a head start on me so I’d love to know how you get on over the next few weeks


#20

Transplanted to San Diego, California almost 20 years ago. We kept bees for years in the UK (Oxford) before we moved, so I have some appreciation of beekeeping in both countries. :wink: