Flow Hives are used successfully in cold climates around the world, from Moscow to Alaska to Norway, and countries between, as the brood nest is the same as in a traditional hive.

The bees work to keep the brood at a consistent temperature of around 34-36°C. Honey will flow out the hive at a slower rate in cooler temperatures, so harvesting may take a bit longer than in warmer areas.

It’s important that you follow any overwintering practices that are usually adopted in your region. If you’re unsure, it’s best to check in with local beekeepers in your area.

You may also like to read our page on Wintering Your Flow Hive.

Remember your bees will still require honey stores or feeding through the winter. Let us know how you go!

If you want to discuss using the Flow Frames in freezing conditions or get more information from the community please visit our forum.