My Flow Hive has exploded with bees and there are a couple of Flow frames that appear in the back window as ready to harvest and it’s not even June yet here on the central coast of California. The hive is configured with 2 brood boxes and the Flow box. I’m concerned that my girls are running out of space as when I lifted the top lid last night there were a LOT of bees congregated there and they are seemingly on top of one another in the observation window.
What to do? Should I harvest from the flow frames that appear ready…or wait for all the frames to fill up? Should I move a frame or two over to another Flow Box on another hive where the bees are reluctant to use them? Should I add another medium box below the Flow and the Queen excluder to give the bees more space?
Also, is anyone using a “hybrid” flow hive? I have one that has 3 flow frames surrounded by 2 standard frames with plastic foundation on each side of those. This is the second year I have tried to get my bees to use this and they absolutely refuse. I have waxed the frames, I have interspersed a Flow frame that was used last year, I have added a drawn out regular frame with bees on it…nothing! My bees are using the 6-frame Flows without any issues.