I have an 8 frame FlowHive 2 and would like to use a rapid round feeder. Since it won’t fit under the FH roof, I’ve been thinking about adding a Vivaldi board to my set up. I understand that in addition to providing depth sufficient for a round feeder, the Vivaldi may also improve hive ventilation.
Two questions for my experienced new friends:
Have any of you used one?
Will my (beautiful, painted red) FH2 gabled roof fit on top of a Vivladi board?
I have not, but I think @Eva has. I just put the inner cover on top of the brood boxes, then put the feeder on, then put an empty extra medium or deep box on top of that. The roof goes on top enclosing the feeder, and everything is fine. However at this time of year in your climate, bees may not take liquid feed. What do you think @Eva, would your bees take syrup right now?
Thank you for very useful information! I am not a carpenter so may aim for purchasing an extra FH brood box to use as a generous-sized shim.
Wait a minute…maybe I (or someone with skill and tools) could cut a deep FH brood box in 1/2 so that half could become the medium super that I’d like to use for overwintering honey stores, and the other half could become a shim!
On second thought, cutting a deep box does not seem like a great idea. Plus, as I read about others’ overwintering setups, I think it might be safer for me to leave the bees with a deep box of honey stores on top of the brood box, rather than a medium.
I have ordered a deep box and plan to make a feeder shim a la Frederick Dunn (Youtube link to directions: https://youtu.be/ZOi8wF882qE)
This shim will fit my FH2 perfectly because we’ll make it, and it will be deep enough to hold the rapid round feeder that I want to use, AND it will allow me to use the FH2 gabled roof on top.