I’m picking up an established hive this weekend and also have a nuc coming for my flow hive next weekend (I’ve read that starting with 2 hives is a good way to go - if one is struggling then it’s easier to correct if you have another handy). Can’t believe it’s finally happening after all the research, preparation and courses for the girls. What a wonderful world to be stepping into!
Couple of questions:
Summer seems to have lost it’s way to Melbourne - will I need to feed the girls sugar syrup? Would love to hear from other locals about your experiences & what you’re doing at the moment.
I’ve noticed the flow hive has a tilt built into it - will I also need to tilt the stand? And if so, what direction - some say forwards to let rain drain out the entrance, then others say back to harvest honey…
Also keen on your thoughts surrounding harvesting honey in the first year. Is it likely I’ll need to put on the flow super at all? I’ve heard some say it is best to leave the honey to the bees for their first year.
Will I need to build the hive to 2 brood boxes to over winter?
Looking forward to your thoughts