Package Italians installed this spring. Swarmed 7/4 a few weeks after placing the flow frames as their 3rd deep box. The bees left have recovered and are doing fine but won’t be filling the flow frames before fall. Probably 50-75% filled and not capped. I live in MI with cold winters. My options as I see them:
- Do nothing. As far as I can see no one recommends overwintering flow frames.
- Drain the flow frames and feed the nectar back to them at some point.
- Nadir the flow frames and hope they clean it out.
- Take the box, save the box in my barn for the winter and give it back in the spring as is.