The weather on harvest day, July 23rd, started out cloudy and a little rainy, so first we did a mini-build and put together the new Flow Super as well as some new frames in preparation for splitting the hive. But, once things got going, all together we harvested 29lbs of honey from the Flow Super and 29lbs of honey from the deep box right below it! That's 58lbs of total honey from the Flow Hive this year! Way to go Flow Team!!!
We also removed the drone board for Varroa IPM and removed the FormicPro strips we installed on July 2nd. Sadly we weren't able to complete the mite check to make sure our treatment worked, but plan on doing that next check. The good news is that the drone pupae cells had very few mites in them so I don't expect a high count of mites at the next check. Yay!
Next check plans:
1. Find and mark old queen.
2. Mite check (alcohol wash).
3. MSU European Foulbrood surveillance sample.
4. Thoroughly inspect Flow Hive to assess resources.
5. Split hive into 2 hives.
6. Install new mated queen in queenless hive.
What is a Flow Hive?
A Flow Hive is a Langstroth-style hive system with plastic frames which allow honey to be harvested directly from the hive. www.honeyflow.com/pages/how-flow-works