Continuing the discussion from Using the flow hive in cold climate or freezing conditions:
I have had this very topic on my mind!
Avoiding the use of the flow for anything other than honey stores is the general goal. Any ideas on how to manage using the flow super as the overwinter extra super of stores? Without winding up with activity in the spring that results in brood in the flow?
I have a bunch of thought floating thru my brain, but they have not sorted themselves out coherently yet. In no particular order;
The brood box will be foundationless, so the bees will (hopefully)
use the frames there for their bee business because the cell size
will suit them better.
The queen excluder could be removed for the winter to avoid the ‘lost
queen’ syndrome. Replace it in the spring.
Going without an excluder at all and seeing what the bees choose to
Leaving the flowframes in might just be a bad all round idea,
resulting in springtime issues surrounding pollen, brood and a
resident queen in the flow super.
Arrgh. Only time will tell to some extent.