Last night we had our first heavy frost here in Tasmania, I have been monitoring my 3 flow hives over the past few weeks with a view to removing the flow super and frames for winter.
All hives have a brood box and two full ideals of honey which should get them through winter (I’ll monitor and feed them if I have to).
All the flow supers have some frames with some honey (capped mainly) and some uncapped - I’d say only about 5 - 10 % of capacity, I do want to remove, clean and store for winter as we have pretty cold winters here (maybe a dozen frosts and a couple of snowfalls - nothing compared to Northern Hem winters I know).
So my plan is later this week on a warmer day to drain any frames with honey (might have to bring them inside and do in a warm spot), return the stickies to the hive for a day or so for the bees to clean up then remove clean and store. I’d use the small amount of honey soon as it may ferment due to the portion of uncapped honey.
I guess I’m just seeking endorsement that this would be the best approach …