Hello Fellow Flow Hivers,
Location - South Grafton (Northern NSW), about an hour north of Coffs Harbour and two hours to Byron Bay.
Hive - Hybrid Flow Hive
Questions, issues needing help with - I have had my little tribe since the first week in December, there was a lot of smoke before getting them and about five weeks after I picked them up. Until two weeks ago they were very calm and rather docile and even though I could see they were bringing back pollen, it wasn’t much and I was advised to supplement feed them which I did with dried pollen and then a mixture of the dried pollen and sugar water as I had to work away for ten days over Christmas.
When I can back i was stupid and thought I was lifting just the roof but the heat had glued the roof to the inner board and I guess to the bees it was the equivalent to a home invasion - I counted at least ten stings and it was clear they were still starving and when I looked around the neighbourhood, the trees that are usually full of blooms hadn’t bloomed much at all … I really never noticed how much impact the drought has had on the area.
I’ve tried to inspect the hive again but they are still very aggressive. I’ve already decided not to put the Flow Hive on this year. As I only got five frames I added two frames as I was advised that the bees like to be snug, they haven’t added anything to these frames at all.
With a deep breathe I’ll be doing a full inspection in the next week … as I am new to the beekeeping world and want to ensure I do what I have to regarding this winter and their health, should I keep an ideal super on hand to add if they finally fill the brood box? Would it help to move one of the untouched frames to the mix to encourage the bees to spread and help build stores for winter? Would adding the ideal super now actually help, not be disruptive than adding it closer to winter? Final question, how long should I supplement their feed? I went down around 2.00pm and the girls are leaving the hive and doing their thing … I can’t recall the name of the problem, issue that the sugar water can cause.
Thanks for any help. I lied, one more question - any tips on an aggressive hive, can I do anything to help change this behaviour besides making sure I don’t burst into their hive like a house intruder.