I have just put up some pics of my ‘totem’ hive on the forum- so far my colony inside is doing very well. However it has me wondering about running small/medium sized colonies. Effectively my colony is around 15 frames size in total- despite being 4 stories tall. My idea with this hive is that I can manage it by draining the flow frames regularly (assuming they fill regularly)- and I am hoping that despite it only having 3 flow frames- in practice by harvesting more often- I will be able to get a similar production to a hive with more flow frames.
However- am I more likely to run into issues with overcrowding and swarming running a hive system like this? I can’t see going much higher than 5 stories- and ideally I would have it as just 3- two five frame brood boxes and the one 3 frame flow box on top.
Even should it prove to be more swarm prone- I am hoping a hive can be maintained at this small size by making splits when it becomes to full? Does that sound feasible?