New Flow Owner but am Experienced Beekeeper…3 Flow Hives from Package Bees (Spring 2017)
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After completing two, 9-frame (8 plus 1) brood boxes, each hive has now been provided with a Flow Super. My wife & I both read and re-read the reset instructions dealing with first-time use of the flow frames. I’m confident that we did it right. However, when viewing the frames through the side & back windows, I think I see cells that are poorly aligned.
However, the bees are actively entering most of the cells and cleaning (I assume) each. I did detect a slight trace of honey in an end cell near the back of the hive today. We carefully inspected the frames before putting them in and didn’t see anything that looked too out of place though the out-of-the-box flow frames are not the almost pristine comb alignment that I’m used to seeing in a super.
Am I seeing things or does all appear well?
By the way, what I thought initially about flow frames seems to be true…you have to crowd the bees a bit to get them in there. Sort of a kin to doing section honey or honey rounds…all require high bee populations and careful control of space or they don’t complete fill all of the cells.
We’re still happy with the Flow Hives but hoping something isn’t amiss with the alignment…maybe I need new glasses??
Thanks for you reply in advance.
Chattanooga, TN USA