The FlowHive instructions show modifying a Langstroth 10 frame box for either 7 or 4 frame. However, I noticed it really creates uneven spacing on one side or the other. I found that by adjusting the dimensions to fit 3 flows in the center, I could comfortably place 3 regular frames on each side for a total of 6 regular frames. Has anyone else encountered this same scenario?
We are in our first year of the three hives we have, although this is our second attempt - we lost our 1st year bees over winter in Minnesota 3 years ago. We guessed that there simply was not enough food for them to survive the entire winter, since every cell was emptied out when we opened the hives in the spring. So, here is what we are going to attempt this time:
Of course we wont be taking any honey, but we are thinking it might be a good idea to provide more opportunity for them to store up food. The question is, should we do that by adding additional brood boxes below the queen excluder or more supers above the excluder? We actually already have one large and two small brood boxes below the excluder, and we are just getting ready to install our 3x hybrid super above.
Any and all advice will be welcome and appreciated.