Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

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Can I use Flow Frames in cold or freezing conditions? viewed 115,294 times

The Flow Hive was trialled in Canada by John Gates in the fall of 2014, and no issues were found regarding the cold. Bees keep the hive warm because the brood nest needs to stay around 35 degrees Celsius or 96 degrees Fahrenheit.

In cold climates it would be recommended to harvest early and often so the possibility of crystallisation is less likely. Also read our page on Wintering Your Flow Hive.

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Assembling your Flow Hive viewed 25,222 times

Download a printable PDF or watch our videos below on how to assemble your Flow Hive or Super below:

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Beekeeping safely, do I need safety equipment with a Flow Hive? viewed 7,639 times

Beekeepers using the Flow system will still need to open up the box regularly to check for pests and diseases and to ensure their hive is healthy.

This requires the usual safety precautions, including using a smoker and a quality beekeeper suit.

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What do I need to check before I harvest my Flow Hive / Frames? viewed 23,663 times
Wintering your Flow Hive viewed 53,034 times

We cannot emphasise enough that it is best to consult local beekeepers on this and other beekeeping questions. If there is a bee club near you, we encourage you to join it. You will get several opinions on what to do – and will be able to pick the most suitable approach for your situation.

Wintering preparations will vary greatly depending on your local climate—in areas that have mild winters with winter forage, considerations will be far fewer than for areas which experience freezing conditions. 

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New to beekeeping and not sure where to start? viewed 12,685 times

We love welcoming new beekeepers into the Flow Family and we have a swarm of resources to assist you in your beekeeping journey.

Included with the purchase of any of our Flow products is support from our knowledgeable Flow team:

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How to Reset a Flow Frame viewed 8,647 times

It is important that you reset your Flow Frames before adding them to your hive to ensure that they are in the correct position for optimal honey storage.

It is not uncommon for a few cells to move out of alignment after being transported—which can be difficult to spot— this simple frame resetting process will allow you to add your Flow Frames to your hive with confidence.

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How do I care for my bee suit? viewed 6,423 times

As the weather warms up it's time to tend to your apiaries and check over all your beekeeping equipment.

Aside from ensuring you have the best hive equipment, it's also essential that you have all the appropriate safety gear which will assist in making your beekeeping season a great one, and a safe one.

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What pests and diseases do I need to lookout for? viewed 6,885 times

There’s a ton of information on beekeeping in books and online. It’s often said that if you ask one question of two beekeepers, you’ll get three answers!

No one person has all the answers, so it’s best to read widely. You might find that our Pests & Diseases fact sheets offer a good starting point.

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Beekeeping safely, do I need safety equipment with a Flow Hive? viewed 7,639 times

Beekeepers using the Flow system will still need to open up the box regularly to check for pests and diseases and to ensure their hive is healthy.

This requires the usual safety precautions, including using a smoker and a quality beekeeper suit.

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Where can I buy Flow hive & frames / What is the price or cost? viewed 285,572 times

Flow products are available from our online shop.

We believe Flow to be the gentlest beekeeping system ever developed, and are so pleased that so many others feel the same way.

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Can I use Flow Frames in cold or freezing conditions? viewed 115,294 times

The Flow Hive was trialled in Canada by John Gates in the fall of 2014, and no issues were found regarding the cold. Bees keep the hive warm because the brood nest needs to stay around 35 degrees Celsius or 96 degrees Fahrenheit.

In cold climates it would be recommended to harvest early and often so the possibility of crystallisation is less likely. Also read our page on Wintering Your Flow Hive.

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Are the Flow Frames made from BPA free plastic? viewed 93,388 times

We have worked hard to ensure that our Flow Frames are manufactured from the very best food grade materials.

The clear viewing ends of the frames, as well as the honey tube and caps, are made from a virgin food grade copolyester. The manufacturers have assured us that it's not only BPA-free, but it is not manufactured with bisphenol-S or any other bisphenol compounds.

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How do I get bees? viewed 81,980 times

Bees rarely find their way into empty beehive boxes, even though they are designed to be a perfect home for them. There are a number of ways of starting a colony and you should read more than this small overview to learn all that is involved.

A small nuc (nucleus) hive can be bought from beekeeping suppliers in most countries (for Australia see: http://www.aussieapiaristsonline.net/bees-for-sale.html). A nuc consists of four or five frames of brood and honey along with a few thousand bees, including a queen bee. You buy these in the Spring, then place them in a standard box with a divider which can be removed as the colony expands.

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What is a Flow Hive? viewed 70,435 times

A Flow Hive is our term for a standard beehive that has Flow frames in the honey storage part (super). A honeybee hive is usually made up of; the brood box where the queen bee lays eggs, and the ‘supers’ with honeycomb for the storage of honey. A ‘Flow Super’ is a beehive box using Flow Frames that the bees store honey in.

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