Hi, I bought our flow hive last year and we have successfully managed it over last winter and now summer. We live in suburban West Hobart, and later this year will move to an apartment in the CBD where we plan to house our hive on the community roof top garden.
We love our flow hive, and we have really enjoyed harvesting the honey from it. I am a member of the local beekeepers group and there are a few flow hive keepers there … but generally the flow hive is not highly regarded here because of the queen excluder, which local apiarists believe is hard on the bees. Not that we’ve noticed - our bees took to the flow hive super immediately!
My configuration is two brood boxes and the flow super on top. I joined this group because I am not exactly sure what to do over winter. So far, after reading a few of the experiences and ideas on this forum, my plan is to take the super off, drain it completely of remaining honey, and store it over winter. Then go thoroughly through the brood boxes to see how full they are, and what honey stores are in there. I don’t think I will need to pack it down further, and there is probably enough warm autumn weather to allow the hive to gather honey and nectar to fill any remaining gaps - but we will see on inspection.
Anyway, really pleased to be a member of this forum. Here is a short video of our honey harvest. https://youtu.be/JipCWpDviss
PS: all feedback welcome and would love to hear from any other Tasmanian flow hive bee keepers especially