Interesting to read your experience, Michelle.
For all who took the time to answer my initial post I will tell you that I
got into that full Flow Hive I was concerned about today and found that
although one frame looked full from the end I found that none were ready
for harvest quite yet. They are all getting close but not quite. So I left
the Flow frames alone.
I had intended to drain at least one frame of honey and then insert that
into the hybrid along with a couple of frames of brood from that hive,
since I was concerned about overcrowding and possible swarming. Well, I
think it was a good thing that I looked into both brood boxes because there
was very little space for the queen to be laying. I removed at least 5
queen cells, 2 frames of solid brood, and 1 completely capped standard
frame of honey, replacing them with new, empty frames.
I placed the brood (with nurse bees) and the capped honey (with the bees
that were on that) into the hybrid hive (no bees were up there looking
around even). My configuration on that hybrid hive was 2 deeps, queen
excluder, one honey super and the Flow super. I repositioned the honey
super above the Flow Super thinking the bees would at least have to pass
through it to work on their nectar storage. So I guess it will be a wait
and see situation.
If I get no use in that hive after that effort, my next plan is to wait
until I drain some Flow frames and replace all those in the hybrid with the
"used" Flows. That will be my last attempt....then, like Michelle, I will
give up on the idea of a hybrid and just buy 3 more flows
While I really like the Flow concept, especially at harvest time, I have to
say that my objective of simplifying hive management has not worked out as
I had planned. If I had known how heavy those Flow Boxes would be when full
of honey, I would have thought twice about switching over. You still have
to get below the Flow to manage your bees properly and I can hardly lift
the Flow Box on my own. How do some of you others who don't have strong
upper body strength handle them? Am I missing some tricks?