Hi, I live in the San Juan Islands, Washington state, US. Used to be a commercial beekeeper for about a dozen years starting in 1975. We pollinated almonds in CA then moved to fruit in WA then honey locations in the Methow and Okanogan valleys of north central WA. It’s been quite awhile since I’ve had my head in a hive but a friend bought a flow hive and asked for assistance here on the island. We installed a package and queen, unfortunately the queen didn’t take and we have another in that should be released about now. Kind of fun to go back to hobby status after having 1400.
Welcome. Your friend is very lucky to have an experienced teacher. Let us know if we can help out with any Flow super questions, the rest of the management should be just the same as a standard Langstroth.
Hello from Devon in the UK, awaiting shipment of my Flow Hive. I’ll be a new beekeeper and am very excited to get started. Would live to hear from anyone in the south west of England with this type of hive as the local group I’ve joined has never heard of them - I’ll be a newbie in every way! Louisa
Aloha again! Thanks so much for your input! I have communiticated with the local Apiary and hopefully i will find a class. Now I am dealing with the darn hive beetle and ants it looks like around the outside of the box. I am going to get in there tomorrow I decided, just take the flow hive off the top and get into the broad and pull all the frames out. Still not finding a willing fellow bee keeper! hard to believe! Thank goodness for utube!
I had an ant problem a month or so ago, and I dealt with it in a week using this. I made some simple syrup (1:1 sugar and water) with a few strawberries in it (to give it aroma), then thickened it with Clear-Gel, but you could use any cornstarch. I mixed it one to one with some Borax (cleaning supplies section of the grocery store), then half-filled a small mason jar with it. I replaced the flat part of the lid with #8 hardware cloth (you could just punch some 1/8" holes in the lid with a nail - big enough for ants, but too small for bees to get in). I then put it next to ant trail on the ground, half-buried to keep it upright. The ants found it quickly and died. The bees couldn’t get to it. Problem solved!
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I’m BCRanch from Oklahoma, USA. Totally new to beekeeping. Set up our three Flow hives yesterday on our land and will be getting our bees soon. I need all the help I can get!
Hi. My name is Jon Higgins. I am new to the bee keeping scene. I recently purchased a Flow hive and I’m looking forward to having my own hive. I am located in central Washington State. My hive is in an urban location and will benefit the local public garden and surrounding apple, cherry, and pear orchards. I am looking forward to being part of the Flow Hive team.
I’m also in Northwest Ohio and have a flow hive too. Maybe we can meet up and exchange notes. I’m also new to beekeeping. Let me know.
That would be great! I am between Napoleon and Defiance. Where are you?
Do you have your hive up and running yet? I am suppose to get my bees this coming weekend. I’m both excited and nervous. I am taking some beekeeping classes now as well. That has already made me feel so much better. However, I will add that I am hoping the flow hive design works like it should. Based on what I’ve learned, I am wondering if there are some fundamental things missing.
Anyway, I look forward to hearing back from you and would love to have another flow hive user to compare notes with. Thank you for reaching out.
I live in Toledo, Ohio, but I work in Defiance and Napoleon most days of the week. We should definitely meet up and compare notes. Realistically, this year, you are just hoping they will build up a huge colony and fill two brood boxes and get them through winter. We probably won’t be able to do the honey supers at all, but maybe we will. I got my bees April 27th and they are busy building up their combs. I had an inverted pickle jar filled with sugar water for them over the top hole (you mix 8 pounds of pure cane sugar into one gallon of water, you’ll have to heat it to get it to dissolve). I would keep feeding them syrup and even protein (pollen substitute) patties. You want to give them every opportunity to thrive and grow like crazy this year, so syrup and pollen are going to stay on for now. The Flow hive is basically like any other hive, but the honey supers are the only difference. They seem to work very well and the bees seem to like them. I got my bees from Honey Run Apiaries in Delphos, Ohio, just south of Defiance. They are Italian bees (queen) and seem to be very calm and well behaved. Honey Run has lots of other supplies too. I bought a bee suit from them and a hive tool. You really don’t need anything else. Maybe a smoker down the road once the colony is bigger and is trying to protect honey and brood stores. It’s a lot of fun and very fascinating to watch. Message me, I can give you my contact info.
I’m Mitch, totally new. I’m still in the research stage. I’m about to escape suburban nightmare and settle into 5 acres in beautiful North Carolina, USA.
I thought I knew what I was going to set up this Fall in anticipation of installing a nuc next spring.
But today my wife said "Look at this Flow hive. "
It’s pretty mind blowing technology and the benefits are immediately apparent. But it’s so expensive compared to traditional hives.
Can I please hear from those of you who felt the same way as you came to your decision?
My initial reaction was…don’t need to spend the money on extraction equipment.
I hope to have bees and get to know some of you!
Incredible creatures. Not you, them.
Hi Mitch, Welcome… The full hive is a more expensive than a traditional hive, but you need to look at what you get. The hive is complete, comes with all the right angles (brood slopes forward, Flow slopes backward), screened bottom board, western red cedar, the Flow super is specifically designed for the Flow frames to fit perfectly and comes with observation windows. If you were to buy a similar hive setup such as a Warre’ (much smaller) it wouldn’t cost much less. You don’t need to buy the full Flow hive, just buy the frames and adapt a standard 8 or 10 frame box. Many of us have done and it works equally well. And on to the extraction, have you priced how much it costs to set it all up including a bee proof and food safe room? You are looking at some serious cash outlay. I know I have done it. Decapping knife and accessories ($200), tubs for separating wax and honey ($100), comb scratcher ($20), Extractor ($1500), re-fit of the garage with shelving, new paint and bee proofing door seals and windows ($400), Wax Melter and honey buckets ($150)… it adds up.
At best you only need a hive stand ($0 for a used pallet), hive tool ($20), smoker ($70), veil ($20), jars or a small bucket, a few sheets of wax foundation and bees. I think you get my drift.
Oh and don’t forget the pancakes! …
Wow, that is a lot of money. Plus I always knew that I would need to find someone locally to learn the honey extraction and processing side of things.
Curious, if I were to go with traditional frames, are there people that extract the honey and wax and process it all for a fee?
Some local bee clubs will rent out or loan an extractor. However, if you have fewer than 4 hives (which you should when you start!), you can probably use the crush and strain method of extraction, which is cheap to do, although messy. Here is the basic kit for doing that, although you could make it yourself:
You could also consider selling comb honey, which sells for a premium - then you don’t even extract it, just cut and box it.
My traditional hive is set up for comb honey, but I do have an extractor and a crush and strain bucket. The bucket I use if I just have a few frames to extract - it really isn’t worth the time and effort needed to clean up the centrifuge unless I am spinning at least a couple of supers of honey.
Thats why I have a small tangential hand spinner. It’s nice to get the honey into a bucket still warm from the hive and there is very very little waste. Grandchildren like using it too and they can’t trash the frames
Do you have a picture or an item link? I might be able to rope in the neighbours’ 5 and 7 year old children, if I can get my hands on one for a reasonable price!
I have a thorne 4 frame but mannlake do a 2 frame
Just looking into bees as we to have any where I live that I’ve seen. Except one year. We get too hot during summer I believe. 40-55 Celsius during summer. I live in Leinster WA where the desert is closer than Perth is. I’d love to get some but at the moment not sure so I’ll do more research into it all.
I’m totally new to beekeeping.
I live in Northern Beaches of Sydney and also have a 5 acre property in Northern NSW.
I have purchased 1 Flow Hive in the Indiegogo campaign and have just recently won another
one (thank you !).
I’m yet to get some Bees, join the local club and start.
Anyone in the local area who has Bees, I’d love to connect with you.
Congratulations to all who have gone with the flow and started to help the Bees thrive, I look forward to a longlasting friendship with you all.
Love and Blessings,