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Forgot to re-install caps on honey trough!


#1

I guess I was a bit too excited after harvesting my first honey from my flowhive and I forgot to re-install the caps on the honey trough. Now, I have a honey trough full of bees cleaning up the residual honey after extraction and…after 2 days…can’t seem to get them out. Any suggestions?


#2

Hi Roger, they can die in the tube if they drown in the honey (speaking from experience on this one). If so the dead bees would probably need to be removed with a modified bottle brush and then the tube cleaned with warm water, ideally following removal of the Flow frame from the hive.

Generally, I guess eventually they will eat the honey and on a cooler night should fly back into the hive proper so you can cap them again. Be very careful if peering into the tubes as the bees can fly out suddenly.


#3

Just clean out all the dead bees once the honey is gone.


#4

Thanks…so far there are no dead or bees it there as far as I can tell…just lots of them busily tidying up. Wondering whether there is some seepage that is keeping them interested. Will keep watching.

I was worried that keeping the front wooden panel off the hive would cause problems for the rest of the hive…if I close it up then I will certainly have many dead bees that were trapped inside.


#5

Hi Roger…yes, that is one of the problems. There is a bit of dripping for a while after the frames are closed following harvest and they will keep coming at it until it is completely gone.