I live in central California and this particular Flow hive has 3 deep brood boxes with the flow box on top of those separated by a queen excluder. As you can see by the photo, these flow frames are completely full. However, on last inspection they were less than 90% capped (mostly about 75% capped). But, as far as I can tell, there is no more room for the bees to store nectar so I would like to harvest.
What would you do? I have thought about removing each flow frame and checking the uncapped honey with a refractometer. Should I just wait a couple of weeks longer? Will lack of storage space contribute to swarming?
I have a couple of frames that have started leaking around the cap…or at least that seems to be where the honey is coming from. Any ideas on the cause of that? They have not done that in years past. This is the 3rd year this hive has had the Flow frames, and FINALLY, they are using them.
Any comments welcome. Thanks