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madasafish 

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Flow hives are great in a warm climate where weather and crops are predictable.

Where we live the weather is totally unpredictable, flows come and go with the weather and there is no arable farming within a three mile radius.

So a flow hive is totally useless except in ideal weather. (As we are at a Solar Minimum - a 10 year cycle - the Flow Hive at present is as useful as a chocolate teapot. It will be useful from 2025).
 

Boston Bees 

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How do you tell when it needs to be changed then?
When a decent amount of the frame (25%+?) looks dark black and completely opaque. Other opinions available, as you can see above! But that's what I do.
 

Little_bees 

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Also, ref basic course, I think of you want to do qualifications you have to start with the basic assessment. I have no intention currently of progressing though
I think they removed that requirement a year or so ago.
 

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