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How to tell if your hive is queenless

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A queenless hive is a sad story indeed, and one that’s not uncommon for new beekeepers. It can be difficult to diagnose as the effects of queenlessness – at first – are quite subtle. Hilary Kearney has been through it and offers advice on how you can avoid the mistakes she made when she was starting out.

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Pauly’s Flow Hive tattoo will amaze you

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His mum isn’t a big fan, but pastry chef and new Flow Hive beekeeper Pauly Phillips-Orlandi of the ACT, Australia, reckons his Flow Hive tattoo is the bee’s knees.

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Flow Hive support for beekeeping clubs

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You can now sign up your beekeeping club or association to the Flow Hive Beekeeping Club Support Program. Following a bee-autifully successful trial in Australia, we’re now rolling out support for beekeeping clubs in the United States, Canada, UK, Europe and across the world.

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It’s Flow time! Setting up and preparing for spring

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For beekeepers, spring does not always start where it is marked on the calendar. Even within specific regions, the climate differs from year to year. Instead, a beekeeper must pay attention to the weather patterns, what’s blooming and, most importantly, their bees to determine when spring actually begins. So, as we approach the official spring months, what should you be looking for inside (and outside) your hives?

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Choc nut butter with honey

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Put some of your delicious, fresh, all-natural Flow Hive honey with this fantastic recipe from one of Australia's leading foodies. Your kids will love this!

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Could garden sprays be killing your bees?

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There is nothing worse than discovering your bees have been poisoned. The entrance, once a busy runway for arriving and departing foragers, now silent with only a few twitching bees in the pile of dead below. The suddenness of a colony lost to pesticide poisoning is shocking. What follows is often heartbreaking, humbling and infuriating. So, how can you tell if your colony has been poisoned, what can you do about it and how do you stop it happening in the first place?

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This painted Flow Hive sends a colourful message

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Daphne Schwarz, who lives near Berri, in the Riverland region of South Australia, credits her granddaughter, Mikaela, with providing much of the inspiration for this beautifully painted Flow Hive – and the important message it carries.

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Modifying a Flow Super to suit UK National hives

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We’ve just launched UK National Flow Supers and they are available on our EU website, but if you wish, you can simply adapt a conventional Flow Super to fit. Flow Hive co-inventor Stu Anderson shows us two easy ways to Flowify UK hives.

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Banana bread recipe

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From celebrity chef Pete Evans comes this deicious recipe which is a great way to use your honey, and also over-ripe bananas which might otherwise end up in the compost.

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Flow pre-orders have been fulfilled

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We are happy to say we have now caught up with our back orders, and have Flow Frames, Hives and Supers available for immediate dispatch in many locations around the world.

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Foundationless fabulousness

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Hilary “Girl Next Door Honey” Kearney discusses the advantages of foundationless beekeeping, how to avoid cross-combing and what to do when it all goes wrong!

If you are a new beekeeper, you might not have realised how wonderfully subversive it was to receive your Flow Hive brood box without foundation inserts. These pre-fab, plastic or beeswax, comb-stamped sheets are a standard in beekeeping equipment. They are usually accepted and used by new beekeepers without question. Some mistakenly believe that they are a necessity for comb building despite the fact that honey bees have been building their own natural comb without the help of beekeepers for millions of years!

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