I have two flowhives: the left is a flowhive 2 (one brood box), and the right is the original model (two brood boxes).
I am having some issues with high water content, particularly in the left hive, and I am seeking advice. I am located in Hawaii - typical humidity is 70%.
Yesterday, I harvested the honey in frames 1, 2 and 6. Frames 1 and 6 were capped when viewed through the window. Water content for the three frames was 20%, 19.8%, and 20.3% respectively, which is higher than I want, and higher than it should have been for capped cells.
Has anyone had similar experience, or does anyone have advice?
The bees are very productive in terms of honey right now - I need to empty the hive roughly every two weeks. If I don’t empty it soon enough, the bees build honeycomb in the roof and store honey there.
I don’t seem to have the same high water content issue for the right hive. It is not a refactometer calibration issue.