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Good day All,

Please I’m new to this forum. Am a beekeeper in Nigeria. I came across this forum while searching for new methods of keeping bees and harvesting honey. I must commend you for your innovations. It’s really awesome and it makes the entire breeding process so easy. Well done.


Hello l am Helga from Austria . I am a Flowhive New Bee and will be needing help .My husband and l have just started.Excited about meeting everyone in the community.


Welcome to the forum Helga. Where in Austria are you? Do you know more flow hivers in Austria?


Hello everyone, I just discovered your forum and find it very interesting, my name is thierry ,i’m 32 years old computer engineer, I am webmaster at the company Feetunique .
So I’m here to share my experience with books and read yours.
You should quickly find me in the various sections of this Forum :grinning:


Books? Are you a bot or a human?? :smile:


Welcome!! To the forum. I have enjoyed meeting all the bee keepers here and they are a great resource to us newbees for sure.


Welcome you need to spin you flow super the other way around. You don’t want to be draining your honey right above the entry landing board.


Funny I didn’t notice that when I took this picture. I have had it the correct way since the bees came


from Chicago, just harvested my summer honey, about 6 gallons. I have drunk the Kool-Aid. Bees happy, no killed bees in process, no need for my bee suit… too good to be true actually! Question: how do the bees know that beneath the cappings the honey has drained out?.. and do they eat/ dispose of the cappings? Just curious.


Hi, twalker, the bees seem to sense, know the honey is gone from the cells, they uncap and repair the cells to be refilled, all happens fairly quickly.


Lucky you @twalker! So wonderful to hear another success story :sunglasses::+1:

If I had to guess the answer to your very good question about how the bees know the cells are empty, I’d say perhaps through subtle vibrations - like how we can tell something we’re walking on is hollow. I also wonder what they see when frames are being cracked…


The capping sheet does actually crack vertically, mostly behind the cappings, but mine had some vertical tearing on the frame face too. So they may see those rips as a clue that repairs are needed. I bet they can smell the honey through those gaps too, and investigate why there is a strong honey smell. :blush:


Ordered my new Flow Hive… can’t wait for it to come in and get started! This journey will be bizzzzy and fun. Any and all advice would be great! Set up do’s n don’ts, location advice, seasonal issues, etc. Thanks ahead of time! Amy S


Introducing my apprentices. My grandgirls are fascinated by all things bee related.


Hi! My name is Sarah, and I am a new beekeeper. I’ve watched the Flow Frame buzz for a few years after I saw the kickstarter. This year I made the dive into beekeeping and I’ve got a hive set up at my farm in Oklahoma. So far we have not had any major issues with pests, robbing or mites- so we feel pretty lucky. I had a full bottom super, on recommendation from my mentor I added a second super. They’ve mostly moved into the top super, filled it completely full, are ignoring the bottom super, and are in the flow frames but not filling it yet. They’ve had the flow frames about a month, now. Watching the video on “Why my bees aren’t filling flow frames” and hoping to get some progress soon.


Hi Sarah, welcome to the Flow forum. You are a bit late in the season to expect any honey in the Flow super for this year. In fact, I would be taking it off the hive at this point and treating for varroa if necessary. The bees should take to it pretty quickly next year, if you have 2 full brood boxes. Feel free to ask any other questions you have, and perhaps have a read of this thread:


Hi everybody. I am Koos from South Africa and I am just starting out with the bees, I have a coupe of wild swarms that I want to catch and I am planning to start this coming Saturday, if you have any advice it would be appreciated.

Looking forward to learn from you and in the process help our bees.



Hello! I am a relatively new beekeeper from coastal British Columbia, Canada. I started my first hive in March and will be entering my first winter soon.

I look forward to learning from everyone!



Hi Koos, Welcome to the group. Very interested to here how you went with the wild swarms. Africa has a different species of bee to most of us. Do you happen to know which species you have i.e. Apis mellifera or scutellata? I understand that it can be quite difficult to keep scutellata in a managed hive due to their frequent swarming nature and aggressiveness.


@Koos1808 Where in RSA are you based?

Kind regards