I just completed my first year as a Flow Hive owner and beekeeper. Last April I got my first nuc, and they arrived as the crabapple trees were in full bloom. I didn’t have the flow frames in, as my beekeeping club advised giving them time to fill the bottom box, then adding a second deep to expand the hive. Well, I couldn’t wait to taste the honey, so we stole a frame of honey in June, and it was the most delicious honey I’ve ever tasted. Light golden and flowery. The honey harvested in September was dark golden and tasted good, but wow, that Spring honey…
My bees weathered winter well, and 2 weeks ago I removed the lower deep, which was nearly empty. I transferred all of the frames with honey to the top box, and there was so much honey there was no room for pollen or brood! That’s a pretty good problem to have in early March. I peeked in yesterday, and they have 2 empty frames that are now being filled with pollen and brood, the rest are still packed with honey.
Pollen is already being brought into the hive on warm days, although nights are still cold. There is a small amount of brood and pollen in the empty center frames now. I would like to put the flow frames on in early April to collect that delicious Spring honey, and then add the second deep back after the crabapple trees are done blooming in May. The problem is with so much honey left in the deep, there’s not much room for brood and pollen. I’m wondering if its more important to get the second deep back on for expansion, or if maybe I should take a few frames of honey out of the deep now and replace them with empty frames for expansion. I really, really want that Spring honey, but I need some advice so I can do what is best for the bees.