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Hybrid Flow hive and making honeycomb


#1

I just purchased a 4 flow frame hybrid hive. I wanted to use the extra 4 frames to make honeycomb. However, I think in the kit they included normal frames when put together with foundation that need to be extracted. Can these be used to make honeycomb?


#2

Yes. Just don’t wire them, and when you assemble them, put the starter strips into the groove in the underside of the top bar of the frames, using a little PVA glue. If you can’t find the starter strips, you can use ice lolly sticks, wood shims, craft sticks or thin paint stirrer sticks. Anything 1-2 mm deep and about 1-1.5 cm wide. Use several if they are not long enough to extend the length of the top bar.


#3

Dawn, you are so tedious, you even include advice on what to do in case he can’t identify the wooden strips that flow provides as starter strips.
I just love you.
Thomas, you are lucky already, good luck with your first hive. Get a feel, do the right thing and you can add another hive soon. Cheers from the Byron mountains.


#4

Thanks Dawn, that explains the 4 strips that come with the kit. I’ve seen on YouTube some rather complex systems of plastic grids with bees wax foundation starter trips to stimulate honeycomb as well.


#5

Thanks Byron mountains.


#6

Hmmmmm… I would prefer “meticulous”, but you are probably right, many people find me tedious!
:blush: :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye: :rofl: :sweat_smile: :thinking: :heart_eyes::sunglasses:


#7

Yes, that’s the word. Meticulous. I’m that too.


#8

Why can’t they wire them if they wanted wired frames?
Can’t they just cut around the wire to get the honeycomb when they want to harvest it?


#9

Not really. Most comb honey is a 4 x 4 inch block. Most wired foundation has wires about 2 inches apart. So unless you want to floss with wire, you can’t use wired wax for comb honey. :smile: