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1 How do I get bees?

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.

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2 Do Flow Frames work with Australian native bees?

No, you can’t use Flow Frames with an Australian native beehive.

Australian native bees have a completely different comb/pod structure and honey production pattern to the European honey bee.

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3 What if I am allergic to bees? Can I still use a Flow Hive?

If you have a life-threatening allergy to bees, we recommend that you don’t become a beekeeper. You can learn about beekeeping safety and first aid in this Flow® sponsored safety pamphlet.

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4 If I haven’t kept bees before should I get a Flow Hive?

Yes, beekeeping is a wonderful learning experience!

The Flow Hive makes extracting the honey easy. While this saves much of the work involved in keeping bees, you will still be spending time observing your bees and inspecting the hive t...

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5 Do the bees willingly fill the Flow comb compared to the traditional wax comb?

In many years of testing we have found the bees readily wax up and fill the Flow Frames. We have done quite a few experiments putting Flow Frames in the middle of a standard super with wax foundation frames either side. The bees have shown no ...

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6 Do I need to leave some honey in the hive for the bees?

Yes, this applies to all beekeeping. Your bees need honey to get them through the times when there is no nectar available. The number of frames of honey that you should leave depends on your climate. You should consult local beekeepers as to how much...

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7 How do the bees know when to uncap the comb, and how long does it take?

The bees are quick to notice when the honeycomb cells are empty - we guess empty cells must feel quite different underfoot if you are a bee. You can watch them work on the end cells as soon as you reset the Flow Frame to the closed position.

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8 Do the bees ever put pollen in a Flow Frame? Is this a problem?

Occasionally the bees will  store pollen in Flow Frame cells. In our experience this isn’t a problem as the frames will still operate when some cells are full of pollen. Pollen cells may  block the flow of honey from above, but the honey will dra...

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9 Can you harvest beeswax from a Flow Frame?

You cannot harvest wax from a Flow Frame. Honey comes out of the Flow Frames free from wax and ready for the table. All the wax stays in the hive and the bees reuse it. Bees use about 7kg honey to make 1kg of wax, so this aspect of the Flow sy...

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10 What type of bees can go in Flow Hives / Frames?

The Flow Hive has been specifically designed and tested for use with the European honey bee (Apis mellifera).

We believe the Flow frames should work well with most, if not all, subspecies of Apis mellifera, although we have not yet had time to trial ...

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