Just after some suggestions / views on my plan as a second year suburban beekeeper with a shiny new full flow and box.
I’m based in Melbourne, Australia and my bees have survived winter and are busy out in the wild. Hooray, I did not kill them all! Over winter they have been living in their brood with a single level of super on top.
It’s a lovely weekend hopefully coming, so I plan to install my new honeyflow. I was thinking about this approach, what does everyone think?
- Raise the queen excluder up one level to take over the old super (non-flow). This gives the queen more space and should help to avoid swarming.
- Pop the new flow on top of the super, making the entire hive 3 level + the roof.
This way the bees have more space, and I exclusively extract from the flow which I’m happy with in terms of yield.
Then towards the end of the season, I will look to potentially remove the midlevel brood and drop the flow box down. Leaving less space for brood, but honey for winter feeding.
Does this make sense? Or is it just rambling nonsense? In terms of high and shelter from wind it should be fine, and I can always strap the hive together for extra stability.