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Pre Prep to drain


#1

well the time is near to have a crack at draining a couple of frames of our FlowHive…

I couldn’t be happier with the buildup… by the time the flowhive got here in January my bees were about finished building up in the brood box and at that stage they hadn’t started on the Super in any way…

but once I transferred my bees into the flowhive (with super on top) away they went…

my other have has been a bit of a disappointment this season… after blasting off with huge numbers at the start of spring, they have swarmed twice and are just keeping numbers and honey in the hive at a sustainable level with not much excess for us to take… although we did get one frame before xmas… I think it was

so now the time is near to drain 2 or 3 frames out of the flowhive :grin:

I’ve got my bucket ready with attachments…

note in this next pic of how there are tabs on the tubes… these are to block the “redrain” holes that go back into the hive while draining… once you take the tubes back out anything left will drain back to the hive for the bees to reuse…

genius…


#2

You will have photos of the harvest to show us, won’t you? :yum:


#3

for you Dawn… anything :wink:


#4

awww, so sweet of you to say! :heart_eyes:


#5

Hiya Andrew thanks for the pics and update.:+1:
By the way your bucket has pooh on it! :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:


#6

OK,

the harvest went kinda well… as long as all my bees are still there tomorrow after they all flew to the outside of the hive on draining!! :confounded:

the process itself was fairly easy compared to spinning it out etc etc…

wax came down into the mix which was strained out afterwards … took around 20 minutes I think but I was pushing to get it done with honey still left in the bottom of the hive… but that’s ok… I’m not a greedy man :wink:

this is what happened after the first two frames got drained…

a bucket of honey :smiley:

a Tower of honey :grinning:


#7

Was there a video to go with that Andrew? Very nice


#8

Great photos. Be interesting to hear what happened to the bees. I thought it looked like bearding, but my husband said he thought that they were running from the “wax quake” when the frames were cracked open. Either way, we both thought that they would go back inside before too long.

How long did it take to drain? How much honey did you get from each frame? Thank you for sharing the photos!

Dawn


Uh Oh.... what happened? :(
#9

New term for Flow Users Love it!


#10

I did some short videos with my phone but I can’t join them together with the Windows Movie Maker… apparently it doesn’t like MP4 files… :expressionless:


#11

Hi @Andrew,

I really love your pictures!

Mirabai here, the Flow Hive filmmaker and Cedar’s sister. I am putting together a little video featuring some of our customers harvesting. I would love to be able to use your videos & photos. Would that be ok? If yes can you email/drop box them to me please. film@honeyflow.com

I’m trying to collect something from everyone who has harvested so far. Its truly amazing seeing people harvesting their own flow hives.

Thanks heaps!
Mirabai :slightly_smiling:


#12

no worries… i’ll have a scratch around…