What started as an early morning relocation of a few hives to catch the end of season nectar flow on a rural property with @Krevosbees turned into a day of incredible weather and the perfect opportunity to work through some hives and grab a few photos of Livi and Jennifer’s first year Flow hive progress.
_Hives were transported fully assembled with the entrances locked down_
_After opening the hives, several WSP supers were added to provide space for expansion_
Once the hives were positioned, we moved on to looking at the progress of Livi and Jennifer's Flow hive.
The Flow hive has an additional brood box under the Flow super to provide space for winter stores and expansion
The hive sits on a custom built stand which provides additional shelter from the elements
Due to the low yield from the Flow frames, several Langstroth frames were extracted approximately 2 weeks ago. The Langstroth frames are almost fully drawn from foundation after two weeks back in the hive
Honey storage in the Langstroth frames directly below the Flow super
Holding the frames up in the sunlight reveals the patches of stored nectar
Several of the brood frames were filled with nectar in the arc above the brood
To encourage the bees up into the Flow super, leftover burr comb and comb from the extracted Langstroth frames was rubbed onto the Flow frames (following this process http://www.canberrabees.com/encouraging-bees-to-use-flow-frames/).
Only a few Flow frames had the cell gaps filled with wax, and one frame contained a very small amount of collected nectar
The extracted wax comb used to wax the Flow frames was softer than a block of rendered wax, but still spread evenly over the frames
Inspecting the frames with the Flow hive fully disassembled