Loving the idea of the flow hive and I’ve been imagining ways to integrate into my ultra urban backyard apiary. I have two hives and don’t have room or plans for more. I also don’t have the $ to upgrade both hives to Flow Hives.
So here’s what I was thinking: put the flow super on one hive and regular supers on the other. Harvest all the honey from the flow hive, and none from the other hive (unless the season is super generous.) Use honey frames from the non-flow hive to feed both hives during winter.
In the event that the season is super genrous with honey, I could harvest the extra from the standard/non-flow hive as cut comb or crush & strain (foundationaless.) This way I could manage two hives without ever having to extract, and with being sure to leave enough stores for the flow hive bees for winter. This would save time and money at harvest time from not having to deal with the mess, expense, and time of an extractor.
Anyone else trying this?
I sitll haven’t taken the plunge on ordering a set of flow frames because all of my equpiment is medium and I really don’t want the weight of a deep box on the top of my hives, so I’m hoping they eventually add medium frames to their product line…