We started spring with one overwintered hive, but as it has warmed up in Perth we have had our feral hives swarm and have now caught a further 3 large and one mini swarm. The large ones are filling up the brood box at a crazy rate and will need a super in the next week or so. The problem is we only have 2 sets of flow frames with one more on the way. I was wondering if there is any reason (apart from disease spread) to not use the same flow frames on multiple hives?
As these colonies are just starting out I want them to fill a standard super each to leave them with plenty of honey for winter. I was thinking we could put the flow super on some & standard supers on the others, then move the flows over when harvested once & give the other hives a standard super to build up their own stores. Do you think this will work? If they all fill a standard super quickly and are still going strong we could buy more flow frames this year, but I don’t want to buy more unless necessary. Alternatively we could store honey frames for splits next year. We do not want to harvest from standard frames as we don’t have and don’t want to purchase the equipment to do so.
Is anyone else trying to manage multiple hives with limited flow frames?