Hi, we got out complete flow in November and our girls have filled out the brood box nicely and are working on filling the flow super (about 1/2 full at this stage). We are about to go into autumn in Maffra, Victoria, Australia and I was wondering how to go about closing down the flow hive for winter.
I know the flow is managed the same as a langstroth but does the queen excluder need to be taken out so the bees can access their honey stores and cluster without leaving the queen below in the brood box? If so how do you then manage any brood laid in the flow super come spring (especially done brood that wont be able to fit back through the queen excluder once its re-fitted)?
Most of those in our local bee group don’t use queen excluders but they over-winter with 2 deep boxes.
Thanks for any thoughts