Honey harvest

Discussion in 'Beekeeping 101' started by crazy8days, Apr 4, 2012.

  1. crazy8days

    crazy8days New Member

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    I was thinking today. When it comes time to harvest honey and you take frames do you replace them with a empty frame? Newbie puts in a new frame? Harvest the honey quickly and add the frames back? What! lol
     
  2. riverrat

    riverrat New Member

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    If you got drawn comb super up as many supers as you think they will need and add a couple extra. Most of the honey flow happens in a very short time. If they dont have room to store the nectar they will quit. best to have to many supers than not enough. If you are using foundation then super one super at a time and add more as they draw them out.
     

  3. barry42001

    barry42001 New Member

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    Yes, as the bees draw out the foundation, and start looking for more space, they will start to build wax spurs on the top bars looking to go up. one super at a time for foundation.
    Barry
     
  4. efmesch

    efmesch Active Member

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    Small scale operations often remove a super, extract it return it to the hive the same day or the next. If the honey flow has tapered off and there are some frames with room available in the hive, no damage will result. Returning the "wet" frames to the hive gives them a zap of energy and they'll clean up any drippings and collect the remainders in the cells into new filled cells.
     
  5. tecumseh

    tecumseh New Member

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    I do pretty much as efmesch has describe above. in the days of the shb here the recycling the boxes is extremely important.... almost any delay in gettin' them in and out will create problems with the shb.