Hey all. Today I tapped my first two frames. I had 4 full and two almost full from a new swarm I caught in early December and placed into a full Flowhive box. It’s been so exciting watching them work over the past three months, what extraordinary creatures.
I had a couple of minor (messy) issues and I’m wondering if anyone can enlighten me on what I did wrong. There are a couple of questions:
Firstly, I initially put in the flow tubes, set my jars and turned the key. Honey started to flow almost immediately into the jars which was very exciting. However about ten minutes later I noticed honey leaking from under the brood box out of the bottom plastic board and then it started leaking near the front of the hive. One thing I know I did wrong was I didn’t place the plastic bottom board into the high position (my bad). I think I probably lost about 1/2 cup of honey all in all which wasn’t the end of the world. Looking at my video from the harvest, I think I may have not inserted the tubes into the holes correctly and square. My jars were placing a forward pressure onto the vinyl pipe attached to my tubes, which I think may have just skewed the connection between the Flowframes and the tubes just off square, creating a small gap in the flow back channel.
What does everyone think? Has anyone had a similar issue? Does it sound like just an incorrectly inserted tube? Also, is there anything I should do? Or will the bees sort out all the mess in good time?
I haven’t opened the hive but can only imagine the mess. Poor bees!
My second issue was that I’m worried I’ve pulled out the flow tubes too early and left too much honey in the trough. I left it running for about one and a half hours and it had all but stopped flowing from the tubes (a very thin trickle only) so I pulled out the tubes and replaced the caps. I headed out a few hours later and had a look and the channel looked about 1/3 full. Again, I’m guessing this will be cleaned up but would love an opinion! Here’s a photo of the flow back channel how it looks with the honey in it:
All that aside, I’m very impressed with this system. So much quicker than conventional extraction from Langstroth frames.
Thanks in advance for any and all your opinions.