about a inch of drone brood on a few of my honey supers frames. how can i extract

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  1. adamant

    adamant Member

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    I have about a inch of drone brood on a few of my honey supers frames. how can i extract the honey with the drone brood there? I was thinking about to scratch the drone brood and place them back in to let the bees clean them out before I extract.
     
  2. pistolpete

    pistolpete New Member

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    If it's capped, just leave the caps and extract.
     

  3. Crofter

    Crofter New Member

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    They should clean them out in one day judging by how long it takes mine to empty a frame of drone brood. If it is only a circle of brood you could also uncap selectively and blow out with an air nozzle. I hadn't thought about leaving them capped and extracting the rest but that should work too. I have half a dozen frames with about a three by five inch patch and will let them emerge; there is a notched cover for the drones to escape.
     
  4. efmesch

    efmesch Active Member

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    Pistolpete's method works splendidly.
     
  5. PerryBee

    PerryBee New Member

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    Wouldn't they be dizzy when they emerged? :grin:
     
  6. pistolpete

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    I think drones are dizzy all the time regardless.
     
  7. riverbee

    riverbee Active Member

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    my humble opinion, put the frames back in, if need be, use a queen excluder, let the drones hatch out, bees clean up the frames and then extract. or as you suggested scratch the brood out and let the bees clean up, then extract.

    pistolpete~
    "If it's capped, just leave the caps and extract."

    if you want some drone leftovers in your honey........how are you extracting?
     
  8. riverrat

    riverrat New Member

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    Put the supers above a queen excluder until it hatches. Bees will then back fill where drone brood was.