Frequently Asked Questions
Leaking honey from my Flow Hive
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It's not uncommon for the frames to leak a small amount of honey inside the hive whilst harvesting. This is usually not a problem as the bees will mop up the excess honey even if it reaches the bottom of the hive.
The amount of honey leakage that occurs will depend on the way the bees have capped the cells and also how you set up your hive for harvest.
In most cases the amount of honey that leaks is minimal, however there have been a few reports of more significant leakage. To ensure that there is no risk of flooding the brood below the Flow Super, we recommend only harvesting 1-2 frames at a time for your first harvest to ascertain whether there is any leakage and if so, what steps need to be taken to reduce the impact that this has on your hive.
There are many factors which could contribute to this issue including partially capped frames, inverted capping and incorrect hive setup for harvesting.
Ensure that the honey tubes are inserted firmly and correctly with the tongue in the honey-leak-back gap, and that the hive is sloped towards the outlet.
If you have connected the honey tube to a container, ensure that air can escape from the container. In your efforts to make it bee-proof don’t make it air-tight otherwise the honey will back up in the tube and overspill the edges of the trough inside the hive.
Placing the Corflute Slider (white plastic slider in the base board) in the upper position will help to make any honey spillage reachable for the bees to reuse.
If you do experience leakage with your initial frame we recommend that you check your remaining frames are all capped and ready to harvest.
If you do have any concerns after you have worked through the harvesting checklist please contact us here and we will be happy to help.