I suspect I know the answer to this but I want to check before I make any decisions for next season. This was my first year beekeeping. The bees took to the flow hive immediately. It was probably 25-50% full when I removed it, which was expected because our area had a poor season. Yesterday I removed the honey super, extracted the honey, and plan to feed it back to the bees.
The problem is how heavy it is. Every week when I inspected the hive, I would have difficulty lifting it to put it back on. Halfway through the season I had to recruit my husband when it was time to put it back. Near the end when it was capped, even he had trouble and it wasn’t even full. I can’t imagine lifing it when it’s full (and I don’t want to extract with it on the hive - it was leaking all over the place yesterday in my house).
I’m thinking of going to 8 frame medium hive bodies next year to make it easier for me. The only option on the Flow website I found was for a 6 frame super, which I read on here is still pretty heavy. While I like the Flow hive, my back doesn’t. Is there an option I’m not thinking of before I get rid of it?