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barshambilly
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 17, 2014 7:53 am    Post subject: Flow or no flow Reply with quote

This is probably a silly question but....

I keep hearing and reading "When theres a flow on....", "when there is no flow"..... How does one know when there is or isn't? And what exactly is a flow?
Thanks in advance.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 17, 2014 9:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A 'flow' simply means that a large amount of nectar is available, due to ideal weather conditions and a high-yielding crop being in flower. You can tell because the bees crank up their nectar-gathering efforts and cancel all leave.

Typically, a flow can last from a couple of days to a couple of weeks, depending on aforementioned conditions.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 17, 2014 9:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you. So yo can tell by the fact that there is much more coming and going at the entrance?
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 17, 2014 9:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If the bees shoot out and in of the hive like arrows from a bow, you have a flow. You find a strong smell of honey at the late evening near the hives, the hives roar like turbines and lots of fanning at the entrance at night.

If you pull combs usually the nectar drops out of the combs, spilling over your shoes (or naked feet Smile ).

At good days the bees gain 5-6 kg, usually 2 or 3 kg per day. In a honeydew strong flow a colony gains up to 14 kg per day. Everything is possible.

You instinctively know when you look at the hives. The behaviour is completely changed, the bees simply are mad and crazy.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 17, 2014 10:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you. So much to learn..... Though guess at least the bees know what they are doing!
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