Last night we had a good discussion via Skype with Stuart Anderson about the flow hive. Stuart was great and very patient- the first questioner took him to task about his ‘non-performing flow hive’. Apparently this fellow has a double brood box hive with 'at least 80,000 bees in it- and after 6 Queen changes (!!!) not a drop of honey. He also claimed he had ‘multiple’ friends with similar bad experiences. If you ask me he seemed determined to fail… then there was a question about Flow and the ‘christmas puppy’ syndrome which Stuart also handled thoughtfully. Questions about AFB and irradiation- and other depressing topics followed…
At the end I pitched in just to briefly state that I have 6 flow hives and they all preformed well I thought little balance was called for.
anyhows- I just want to send out a thanks to Stuart - he was very gracious and patient in front of a tough audience.
Afterwards I had a lot of people come up and ask me about my hives- and I was happy to explain what we do and how well it is working for us. Funnily enough the ‘6 queen’ fellow didn’t approach me.
To paraphrase Oscar Wilde, "To change queens once is unfortunate: to change queens 6 times seems like carelessness… "