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Flowhive not working well

couple of my flowhive had honey down both columns but wh
en went to harvest only very slow flow and not much honey came out. usually get 1.5 jars from each FH yet only received about 1/4 jar.
am i suppose to clean them each year?? as they have been on the hive for couple years… remove the QE beginning winter and replace in warmer weather

Hi @cottles

There are a couple of important initial things to check after your harvest was much less honey than you expect. This includes:

  1. was the frame full of capped honey before you harvested? The observation window view doesn’t offer absolute clarity on this unfortunately
  2. has the honey crystalised, preventing it from being able to flow?

Did you inspect the super afterwards to take a closer look for what may be happening?

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thanks bianca

i did not check regarding fully capped as previously when both columns almost full i get wonderful flow… my mistake

i will do an inspection and check it out…

thanks again


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A third possibility would be jellybush honey in the frame. That would always depend on the location, if bees have access to any Leptospermums (jellybush). This is where local knowledge comes in handy.

Hi Dennis, I take it from this that you have cold winters where you are, which might mean your bees have put some propolis up in your Flow frames. That’ll certainly gum up the works.

arvo… pulled frames out and about 90+% capped.
what do u mean by crystallised… how do i determine i have crystallised honey please

Honey left sitting a long time will naturally form sugar crystals that eventually multiply and cause the honey to have a paste-like texture, that will not run but stay stuck in wherever it sits (jars, cells of comb or Flow frames). It’ll re-liquefy with heat. To determine whether that’s your problem, just lift out your frames and gently dig some cell contents out with the tip of a knife, or a toothpick. If it’s crystallized honey, you’ll see that it’s opaque and sandy.