I’m really excited to start using the Flow Hive, but I have a little dilemma. I currently have a Warre hive which is getting a tad old and needs to be refurbished (or retired). I’m wondering if anybody has any ideas for transferring the bees into the Flow hive. I’ve tried reading around, but mostly I only find information on transferring the other way, from Langstroth to Warre, and it doesn’t sound all too reversible.
My current notion is to set up a Langstroth box, and then put the Warre on top, with an “adapter” to cover the rest of the Lang and keep the elements out. Then over time I can harvest the top Warre box but not replace it. If all goes to plan and the bees start filling the Lang, then I can add another Lang underneath and if I find the Queen on a Lang frame, I can put in an excluder below what’s left of the Warre and continue to coax the girls down.
Does that sound like a plan? If I happen to get a swarm, then I suppose I could put that in the Langstroth with the newspaper between, and that ought to kickstart the population in the Langstroth boxes down the bottom. I’d probably have to give the Warre an entrance at the top for a couple of days while they eat though the newspaper I guess.
Of course, things often don’t go according to plan with bees, so if anybody has any insights, I’d appreciate them!