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Horizontal Hive with Flow Frames?


#1

Has anyone built a horizontal hive incorporating a flow hive ???


#2

Jack (@Semaphore) certainly has - it looks wonderful. He may be willing to sell you one, or do a deal of some sort. :smile:


#3

Do you mean top bar hives?
This may help : Top Bar Hive Flow Forum

And you can also do a little search in the top right of the screen.


#4

No I mean Horizontal that you can fit normal frames into including a flow hive.
ie 3 boxes lined up horizontally.


#5

I have a work in progress, 3 flow frames one end, 4 the other ( do not ask me why!) a divider in the middle to give me two discrete hives
Cheers


#6

Nice, now you just need to show what is under the hood.


#7

Remember still WIP, I will do a bit more photography once I get a bit further


A bit worried about how close together the two be entrances are but those “in the know” say " just paint them different colour"
Cheers


#8

Looks great Jeff- can I ask how you did the queen excluders? Also did you go for a solid bottom?

I put a small secondary entrance directly into the flow section so at the height of season the bees can access and exit the flow frames easier.


#9

Jack,
I did the solid bottom. QX are slotted into a frame around the walls and floor of the hive, you can see the slots are horizontal, I have the covers on the top of the frames that stop the bees getting acrossQX at the top. I have left the split that I did alone, hopefully it will work and be a start for my new hive
Jeff


#10

Hi Jeff,
I do like you construction and how you have flow frames at either end ( I like that ).
Have you use the flow frames, in other words cracked them open and does it flow ok.
I am probably only going to use it as one hive, rather than 2 separate hives
Looks great.


#11

If I was you I’d be curious to check on that split in a week or two to see what happened. Weathers been pretty good so hopefully it’s gone well. I’ll be checking on my requeened hive in a few days to see if she made it.


#12

Hi Jeff,

How long did you make it, could you fit 16 normal frames and the flow hive frame
in together or was that two many ???


#13

Jack,
I have been holding off for as long as possible and I figure if it has not worked I will not be able to do anything until spring anyway, I have just seen a few bees leaving via entrance , not many but still a few so fingers crossed
Johhno,
14 frames + 4 flow one end 13+3 flow other end. Sound reasoning for the difference- did not follow grandpa’s advice of " measure twice cut once"
I did some math on max number of frames with one queen, I think I worked on 16 max, then I asked whether anybody had consulted bees on the number of eggs laid per day blah blah blah. So I settled on 13 and see how that worked out!,
Just some cosmetic work to go and I will load it up in the Australian spring.
PS you might be able to see in previous photos where I have elevated actual flow frames and not the complete hive to allow for honey running in bottom channel from rear to front
Cheers
Jeff


#14

Jack,
I checked the split today that I did in early May, both the original hive and the split are going well. To be honest I expected more bees in the split, but they look healthy and are building comb. I even found the queen and marked her up. I will do another split in 7 weeks and will split into the long hive and put the " old split" in the long hive as well, I did decide to feed them some syrup today, just in case
Jeff