Last year we were able to harvest honey from our first hive with flow frames (see our short youtube movie). This year both hives with flow frames have not been filled as actively. (Due to one colony having swarmed 3x in the spring and the other one having been queen-less for a while).
What would you recommend? We don’t keep the supers with flow frames on the hive in the winter (we are in the middle of France). Harvest the flow frames even though they are only maybe capped for a 25% at most? Then give the bees a couple of days time to restore the flow frames again (for next season), take the super off, leave it nearby so that the nectar that they might have started to store in there can be retrieved, before storing the flow frames supers for the winter?
I suppose if we do the harvest, we best do it with the flow frames taken out of the super (since they are far from fully capped), to prevent extensive leaking to “drown” the broodbox?
What would you do?