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Honey collecting in flow frame bottom reservoir

Hi there Flow Hivers,

I have a Flow super and I’ve done an extraction from one frame that went perfectly. What I am noticing however is that there is some build-up of honey (or even nectar I imagine) in the reservoirs at the bottom of the frames. It seems my girls probably haven’t waxed up the frames enough to completely seal the cells. See this picture…

If it is honey, then I’m not too worried. But my concern is that it is nectar and may ferment in there. So I took off the draining caps, inserted the pipe to dislodge the propolis and replaced the caps to let it drain a bit into the hive and let the girls clean it up, it was a cloudy drizzly day, they didn’t have much else to do.

Was this the right thing to do?


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Sounds like a good strategy to me!


This happens to me too, and my neighbour with bees, so I don’t think you should worry too much. What you did is perfect (it’s what the flow team recommend) and it’s what we do too.


Hi Dave, what you did is spot on. Don’t get too concerned about it, there isn’t as much in there as it looks. Because of the angle the hive leans back it makes it look like the chamber is half full but in reality it’s just a little bit leaning against the cap. For me it’s just a regular maintenance routine to keep the drain ports unblocked.


Hi Dave. What edition flow frame did you purchase? If the problem happens again it could be a problem with the frames.

Hi @MadDavo

Just as everyone else confirms, what you did is correct. Nice job.

I can confirm that the little bit of leaking in the honey trough is normal and this is what the honey leak back point feature was designed for, so the bees can recycle it.

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i find just twisting the little cap around is often enough. If not I poke the holes with a twig.


Bianca a little bit may be normal, particularly on the first use and while the bees are completing the cells for the first time.

However a little bit all the time in quite a few frames is odd or the bees only partially completing or not completing all the cells in a frame is odd.

MadDavo Keep an eye on it. If it happens again there may be a different solution. Here’s a picture of my frame after six months on my hive in ideal honey harvesting conditions. I have a number of frames in the same condition.20210124_192530|375x500

Hi @BeeShack - would you consider that this is just leftover honey from the previous harvet?