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  • Leaking honey from my Flow™ Hive viewed 12,504 times
    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.
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  • Why is my Flow™ Hive or Super being shipped separately / in two packages? viewed 6,237 times
    The timber components and Flow™ Frames for our Flow™ Hives and Flow™ Supers are being manufactured in two different locations, and as a result are shipped in separate packages.
    We know that many of our customers have been really excited to get started, so we decided to ship the wooden hive components first, with the Flow™ Frames for these orders to follow shortly after.
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  • Crystallised honey & Flow™ Frames viewed 47,161 times
    If honey has crystallised in the Flow™ Frames, you have two options:

    1. Wait for the bees to remove it: Attempting to harvest the honey will have disturbed the comb a little. The bees will likely remove the crystallised honey to repair the comb.
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  • What feeders will work with a Flow™ Hive? viewed 13,795 times
    Where we are located in Australia there are flowers most of the year round, so feeding isn’t usually necessary. However, many parts of the world have long winters where bees may need to be fed. This is necessary when there are no flowers available for foraging and there are not enough honey stores in the hive to feed the bees through the colder months.
    Here are some feeders that can fit a Flow™ Hive. There is lots of discussion and debate on feeding bees- the two more popular options seem to be sugar water feeding and dry sugar feeding (Note: use white sugar rather than raw or brown sugar).
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  • Can I use Flow™ Frames in cold or freezing conditions? viewed 92,147 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.
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  • Where can I buy Flow™ hive & frames / What is the price or cost? viewed 231,384 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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  • Cleaning and Flow™ Frame maintenance viewed 97,224 times
    We haven't found the Flow™ comb itself needs cleaning if it stays in the hive - the bees do a great job of keeping it clean. If you remove Flow™ Frames from the hive and store them for a while they may need cleaning. You can do this by using hot water (just hot enough to melt wax). A hot water hose is good. Set the Flow™ comb to ‘cell open’ position, this allows the water to run quite easily through all parts of the frame.
    We have designed the honey trough at the bottom of the frame so that any remaining honey can drip back into the hive for the bees to use. If the honey leak-back gap remains clear this works well; however, if the bees block it up some honey may remain in the honey trough after harvest. Clear the leak-back gap prior to harvest and inspect the honey trough. If the honey trough is dirty it can be cleaned from outside the hive using a bottle brush or something similar.
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  • Can I use Flow™ Frames in cold or freezing conditions? viewed 92,147 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.
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  • Are the Flow™ Frames made from BPA free plastic? viewed 76,177 times
    We share your concerns around plastics and have worked hard to find 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 54,371 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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