I learn so much from this forum. Thanks and I’d love to here the forum’s comments on my set up.
Its Feb here in Melbourne Australia and the last part of a long warm summer. I have 2 brood boxes, a QX and then the flow hive super. I harvested late December and emptied 4 frames of honey (there were 6 fully capped frames). The hive’s been busy and the flow hive super frames are now refilled. I expect there’s still a little pollen and nectar to come (flowering gums etc) and so am thinking of harvesting the flow hive super again. But I am also thinking in advance about hive stores and the process of reducing the hive for the colder months from late march ( we also get light frosts over winter).
- Should I have simply harvested all 6 frames in late December so all could be refilled
- If I remove the flow hive super for the colder months, should I harvest it at the same time (either fully or partially). Should I do that now rather than letting the super partially fill up again.
*Should I put on an ideal now so alternative honey stores can be developed… and …If I add an ideal, should that be under the QX … and should I remove the flow hive super at the same time or leave them both on for a bit. I could harvest/remove the flow hive super (once its cleaned up), put on the ideal and let the hive consolidate stores over the next 2 months.
- Reading some of the posts, it seems that 2 brood boxes over winter might be ok here in melbourne (maybe with insulation). Is cold the main concern or are there other reasons for reducing the hive down.