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Honeycomb fresh from the hive

Honeycomb isn’t always something you associate with Flow Hives but it is possible to harvest comb from your hive if you happen to have a taste for it… we often have a few chunks sitting around the office kitchen for a quick energy boost (and what kid doesn’t love it?!)

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@Freebee2, where in the hive can honeycomb be collected from?
2 days since getting my nuc, and the bees seem to be already busy heading off to forage. They also seem very calm, and aren’t bothered when I sit (about 8ft) where I can watch them leaving the hive, and returning. Even when they fly right past me they don’t even alter their flight path, sometime shooting straight past my head. I have decided to supplement their feed with sugar syrup for a week or two, to encourage them to get the brood box filled quicker. It was so funny watching them circling around on the first day (a few still are), getting oriented to their new home. Cheers Trevor

Hi Trevor, The easiest place to get honeycomb from is the roof cavity. (Just leave the inner cover plug out if you have a Flow Hive 2 series hive). You might also find some in the brood box that doesn’t have brood in it, and if you have a strong colony and nectar flow you can also add a traditional super for comb as well as your Flow super (If you do this, it’s best to wait until your brood box is pumping with bees first, then add the Flow super, and once both boxes are heaving add a traditional super below the Flow one, with the queen excluder above the brood box and below the two supers). I love watching the bees too… they’re so calming it’s almost like a meditation - for people who aren’t into the regular kind :slight_smile: Let us know how your bees go with the supplement feeding and whether the numbers pick up.

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Hey Buzz, glad to hear your colony is growing.
Personally I use 2 brood boxes with the top one not being full depth (WSP) for various reasons and has pros and cons which I’ll not go into at this time and is usually predominantly honey. I could harvest honeycomb from here but I don’t as it will affect the Flow super filling. I also have hybrid Flow supers which honeycomb can be harvested from and also harvest honey frames from the brood box when rotating frames towards the outside of the brood box when opening up the brood nest as a maintenance or swarm prevention method.

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Hi@Freebee2, only a new hive 3 day since I purchased it. I think that I will buy some as I don’t want to hinder their progress. I just want to get some to smear in the flow frames, to help encourage the bees to head up into there, once the brood box has been establish and I have put the flow hive in place. Just planning ahead that’s all.
@skeggley, I’m hoping that their numbers are growing, but it’s only been 3 days since I picked them up from a local seller. They have already consumed a jar of sugar syrup in those 3 day, as well as some already heading out to forage. In the shade today (at their hive), it’s already 38C

Hi Trevor,
Great that you’re planning ahead :slight_smile:
Once your colony is well established in the brood box and the brood frames built out, you can break off a small amount of comb (if you have a bit of burr comb that’s ideal) and either just smudge it into the Flow frames, or melt it a little and paint it on. It’s best to use the bees own comb rather than bought comb to avoid the risk of introducing contaminants (such as AFB spores) to your hive. Sounds like you have a hungry colony there :slight_smile: With that heat, I trust you have a good source of accessible water near the hive? It’s helpful to your bees to place some rocks or marbles in the water so they slightly emerge from the surface, which will provide a safe landing spot for the bees. (Don’t be offended if this sounds obvious, we have some very new beekeepers on the forum sometimes so it’s info for other readers too). Going to be a hot summer I think…

@Freebee2, yes I have a considerable sized container just in front (3ft) of the hive entrance, I’ve placed a large flat piece of timber in it with a rock on one end, so that end is submerged. I’m also in the planning stage of adding a small float to the container, to run a gravity flow watering system from a small freshwater tank, that will catch water from an old handyman’s workshop that’s currently not being utilised, so that whenever we are away anytime there is a heatwave, they won’t run out of water.

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Nice :slight_smile:
Sounds like your bees are in good hands…

I’ll try my best @Freebee2​:pray::pray: The creators of Flowhive have certainly make that task somewhat easier .:smiling_face_with_three_hearts: Cheers Trevor

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