Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

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How much honey & honeycomb does the Flow Hive Hybrid 3 produce? viewed 19,551 times

The amount of honey your hive will produce is dependent on several factors, such as the strength of the colony, time of year, and available forage, however, when the super is full you can collect up to 9 kgs (20 lb) of Flow harvested honey from the 3 Flow Frames in the Super. This is in addition to the 4 x frames of honeycomb that you can also harvest.

Each Flow Frame holds approximately 3 kg (6.5 lb) of raw, unprocessed honey—this can increase if the bees really build out each frame. Be prepared with extra jars in case your first one overflows!

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Beekeeping safely, do I need safety equipment with a Flow Hive? viewed 10,581 times

Flow Hive technology drastically reduces the chance of being stung during harvest, however, beekeepers using the Flow system will still need to perform routine hive inspections to check for pests and diseases and to ensure their hive is healthy.

When opening a hive it is important to take the usual safety precautions, including using a smoker and a quality beekeeper suit.

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Can I use Flow Frames in cold or freezing conditions? viewed 119,424 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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What do I need to check before I harvest my Flow Hive / Frames? viewed 26,087 times
Are the Flow Frames made from BPA free plastic? viewed 96,556 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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New to beekeeping and not sure where to start? viewed 20,544 times

We love welcoming new beekeepers into the Flow Family and 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 12,817 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 9,691 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 9,756 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 10,581 times

Flow Hive technology drastically reduces the chance of being stung during harvest, however, beekeepers using the Flow system will still need to perform routine hive inspections to check for pests and diseases and to ensure their hive is healthy.

When opening a hive it is important to take 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 292,508 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 119,424 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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How do I get bees? viewed 98,325 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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Are the Flow Frames made from BPA free plastic? viewed 96,556 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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What is a Flow Hive? viewed 74,259 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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