Frequently Asked Questions
How many brood boxes should I use?
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As with many beekeeping questions opinions vary on this one.
There are many factors that can affect this decision including local climate and colony size— so it's a great idea to consult with local beekeepers or jump onto our forum to assist in finding the perfect set up for you.
In our experience either one or two brood boxes work well. In our region we have found that running a single brood box will lead to honey being stored in the Flow frames much earlier, especially when your bees are using them for the first time.
If you decide to use two brood boxes and are concerned about a slow uptake on your Flow Frames, it is possible to add the Flow Super first on a single brood box. Once the colony expands and the Flow super is totally packed with bees storing honey, then add a second brood box or honey super to give the colony more space if needed. A good place to start is the Beginner Beekeeping Videos. Please note - it is important to consult with local experienced beekeepers to ensure that this practice will suit your climate.
Remember, bees will happily live in a mailbox, wall cavity, tree hollow, a beehive with a single brood box or a beehive with multiple brood boxes. So in the end it is best to seek local knowledge and experience and make up your own mind.