Hello! Welcome to the new Flow Hive Team blog for A2B2! If you want the A2B2 general blog, just click on the "blog" tab at the top of the page.
So, after a disappointing 2020 with many problems and losing the Flow Hive colony over the winter, the Flow Hive Team is back in beesness with a new nuc installed about a week ago. We checked on the hive today and a beautiful, large, dark, unmarked queen was laying like mad and there were 3 frames of capped brood about to explode the hive's population. A quick powdered sugar roll Varroa mite check revealed only 1 mite per 300 bees or 0.33%, so no treatment necessary! Since the honey flow is starting in Ann Arbor, we placed a queen excluder and the Flow Hive super on the hive and expect to be harvesting some honey from it in mid to late June, but I'll keep you posted.
For more information on the A2B2 Flow Hive, the Flow Hive in general, or if you'd like to become part of the A2B2 Flow Hive Team who helps maintain the hive and harvest honey, please email Jen Haeger at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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