Last post before this one, we opened the big box containing most of our new bee-hive, the Flow-hive. Wendell assembled it. This is the last box which hides the 6 very creative Flo-Hive frames we will place in our first super (the top box).
So this is our Flow-hive opening episode 2 :)
Léonore was our little assistant today as well.
We got a free hat :)
This is the famous Flow-hive frame.
Then positioned in the super.
All 6 frames are placed in the super, in the right direction: the hole where to put the metal bar is placed at the back. You don’t want to bother the bees by standing at the front of their home, where they enter carrying all that pollen and nectar.
It looks beautiful and it smells of freshly cut wood.
Look at the cute little window on the side. It will be very helpful to check if the bees have capped their honeycomb, which means that the honey is ready to harvest. Before that, if we made the honey flow, it will be too watery to keep well. There is a whole part of the hive’s back which can be taken off too, so you can thoroughly check if all is ready for harvest.
This is the metal bar or hook which you insert at the top of the Flow-hive frames and turn to offset the honeycomb. The movement breaks the honeycomb and let the honey flow. Each frame has its own removable little transparent pipe which goes into your jar.
Now all we have to do is to paint our bee-hive to protect it against the weather. Lots of questions come to mind. Should we use an organic paint, what kind?
My mum in France bought a special bee-hive paint online. I don’t seem to find it here but I might have to look harder.
To be continued…
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