So I’m in the Sydney area (Illawarra) and new to bee keeping. I got my package of bees in my flow hive in November last year. Since then they have built out the brood box, and I added the flow super a month ago. My bees have not taken rapidly to the flow frames and last week I tried out the advice of rubbing burr comb on the frames. This week they have finally started building the wax between the gaps in the flow frames, but no nectar yet. I also opened up the brood box for a look. Last week every frame was brood with honey at the top. This week they are backfilling much of the brood box with honey and have some capped drone brood. I’m a bit worried about the box becoming honey bound, instead of the bees filling up the flow frames.
I am also wondering what to do about winter in this area. I have reading up on running 2 brood boxes, and am wondering about what people in this area think. It looks like the options are taking out the queen excluder and risking brood in the flow frames in spring or going down to one box. I’m just a bit worried that they won’t have enough honey in the 1 box and I’m not keen on feeding them sugar. I would appreciate people’s thoughts! Cheers!
Oh, and I spoke to a local beekeeper running warre hives today and he said there would most likely be an autumn/winter flow this year as the eucalyptus trees haven’t flowered yet. He said there hasn’t been much of a flow this summer.