I bought my flow hive second hand (sorry could not afford a new one). It looked like it was unused. It’s a bit late, but should I have washed the frames, or did anything to them before I put them in service?
I have been inspecting the hive every two weeks. I added the super with flow frames about 5 weeks ago. I did miss an inspection because of unfavourable weather and now it is next to impossible to remove the flow frames for inspection.
There is comb all over the place, including between the flow frames and the queen excluder. I tried to lift one frame up with my tool after removing the key cover (top narrow wood cover with knobs), but everything is just stuck and I gave up.
I am ok with dealing with this issue in the broodbox because I can free one frame then pry the rest. The extra room in the sides of the 8-frame broodbox helps, but there is no room to spare with the 6 flow frames in the super.
Can I skip inspecting the flow frames altogether? I am now regretting buying it.